The United States wouldn’t know the indignation of the Lord for our crimes if He burned our coastlines down. We would not recognize his fury if He simultaneously sent the blast from the north to envelop our cities in ice. If the Lord of the whirlwind and the storm stripped our wealth and livelihoods with hurricanes, would we even notice?
In Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, the Lord of hosts speaks to a people that were once his, but which have now degenerated into a nation turning their face away from their God to pursue their own good. Their relationship, once one of honoring he who established them and of praising their deliverer, has become a farce.
We sometimes like to speculate, just a little bit, about what kind of life we might lead after this age, and even this life, is over. The Lord, in his wisdom, has given us just enough information to pique our curiosity, but not enough to be able to waste our precious time on earth obsessing over it.
Lately I've become frustrated by the Church's unwillingness to call out false doctrines and heresies which are being taught today. I am frustrated because I am a teacher, and the thought that followers of Christ, especially new believers, are being diverted from growing closer to God by selfish doctrines is simply maddening.
True spiritual growth requires the ability to "rightly divide the Word of truth." (II Tim. 2:15-16 - KJV) One-sided teachings that hinge on creatively interpreted Scripture is just about as much use to the seeking Christian as a steady diet of cupcakes is to a growing toddler. They may love it now, but it's not going to serve them well when they ask their bodies to run the distance later.