Powerful Reading...

I was reading today in Malachi and thought I would share a passage that struck me hard.  I do not know if will have the same impact on you as on me, but I will share it anyway.  It makes me think of our nation and society as a whole.  We are so immersed in and jaded by the world that we do not even flinch or weep over what we see occurring in the lives of our coworkers, fiends, neighbors, and even our brethren.  Our TV's and movie theaters only reinforce this world view; so much so that we do not even notice it anymore. 

I pray the Lord will soften our hearts and make them sensitive to his desires, His direction, and His purposes.

And this second thing you do.  You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.  But you say, "Why does he not?"  Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.  Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?  And what was the one God seeking?  Godly offspring.  So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.  "For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts.  So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless."

You have wearied the LORD with your words.  But you say, "How have we wearied him?"  By saying, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them."  Or by asking, "Where is the God of justice?"

     Malachi 2:13-17 ESV  (English Standard Version)