Everyone – even the politicians – agree we are in a mess. Before we can find a solution that will work, we must find out what’s the problem. Today’s devotional will help you sort things out. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Jeremiah 6:14 ESV
They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.
“What caused such a breakdown in our culture? The two world wars? Don’t believe it. If the house had been strong, it would not have come down with the earthquake. If the heart had not been eaten out of the culture, the world wars would not have broken it. ‘Don’t worry,’ some say, ‘it’s only a technological problem, and technology will be a solution.’ But that is not true. Man would not be in the position he is in simply because of technological problems if he had had a really Christian base. An energy crisis? Of course it is serious, but it is not the heart of the problem. The fact that the United States is now urban rather than agrarian? Is this the final problem? No. To solve only the urban problem would be to heal ‘slightly.’ You can hear it over and over again ― all kind of secondary solutions to secondary problems. Of course these are problems, but they are not the central problem. And men who use theological language to fasten our eyes upon them as the central problem stand under the judgment of God, because they have forgotten that the real reason we are in such a mess is that we have turned away from the God who is there and the truth which He has revealed. The problem is that the house is so rotten that even smaller earthquakes shake it to the core.”
[The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer IV, “Death in the City,” (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), p. 242]