In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgment to the people of Israel -- paints a foreboding picture of what they will experience: “A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people... the whole land shall be a desolation.” Furthermore, Jeremiah tells them God’s word that “I have not relented nor will I turn back.” This bleak state of affairs is echoed in Psalm 14, as well as in the first half of the Exodus passage, where God tells Moses that “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.