Are Our Hearts Hardened?

 

We’re quickly falling apart as a people. I went through my usual news sites and headline after headline was about men and women who have been sexually assaulted to one degree or another and by men of power. And stories of women teachers, not just men, who are having sex with their students. Of course, there was the usual vitriolic hate spewed against Trump and failure after failure after failure of Democrats and Republicans finding any unity in governing. How is it that both political parties are eating themselves up? The Democrats are unified in one thing, oppose everything Republicans present. The Republicans are unified in one thing, finding no unity and therefore getting nothing done.

STOP pointing your finger at the other and saying, “They’re the one wrong!” NO, you’re the one wrong, we are all the ones wrong. Do you know how empires fall? Through dissention of the people who have deliberately given up or lost their unified voice, their vision on truth. And we Americans have lost any semblance of truth and honesty and morality and sanity and we are at the place we don’t want it back. We are so driven by our self-righteousness we refuse to believe there are universal truths for us all. We would rather commit suicide as a people than find common ground and common sense.

As I look at the intransience we are stuck in I’m reminded of a couple of scriptures in the Bible that fit here:

Exodus 4:21

“The LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.”

John 12:39-40

“For this reason they were unable to believe. For again, Isaiah says: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts so that they cannot see with their eyes, and understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them”

In both these cases God had given them miracles to see he was real, yet they still refused to believe. They had hardened their own hearts so much against truth they didn’t need God to harden them more, but he did because his judgement was you’re so far gone I’m not going to let you back into truth. Not our typical modern idea of God, but our vision of him has been cheapened.

Are we here in America at that place that God would take his hand away from us and let us fall into the chaos we are bringing on ourselves? If you have ears, then hear. If you have eyes, then see. I don’t expect non-Christians to care, but Christians, where is your heart?