A Message: America’s Altar Call

If you are offended by the Christian message, this is fair warning. This blog is a message given to me inspired by God’s Word.

I’ve been kicking this around in my head and heart for the past two weeks now. It is a revelation given to me by God. Some of you may or may not know (and if you didn’t know, then that’s a bad thing for me), but I am a Christian. I believe in the Holy Trinity and I believe in Jesus Christ. You cannot persuade me that there is no God because God has come to me in dreams and visions – and if you’d like to know what I’ve seen and heard, message me and I will tell you.

However, this blog is not about that. It is about what is happening in our world today. Some of you might be wondering, “Why is this happening?” And, some of you who do not believe in God, might ask us who do: “How can your God allow this to happen?” We have an answer for both of those questions.

One night, I listened to some Gospel music and one song in particular, gave me pause. It was sung by Tramaine Hawkins and Gospel music’s phenom, Reverend Walter Hawkins. In case you need further explanation, he was the brother of Edwin Hawkins, who wrote the iconic “crossover” song “Oh Happy Day!”

Anyway, the song I listened to, “The Potter’s House” sung by Tramaine and Walter Hawkins. The song is based on the scripture in Jeremiah Chapter 18. When I read the chapter, I held my breath and closed my eyes. I heard the words “America’s Altar Call” inside of my thoughts. And then, there was this burden, or push inside of me that the reason we are going through all of this pandemic, racial unrest, political fights, is due to what God had asked Jeremiah to do.

Here, let me show you:

The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.

11 “Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’”

12 But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”

13 So this is what the Lord says:

“Has anyone ever heard of such a thing,
even among the pagan nations?
My virgin daughter Israel
has done something terrible!
14 Does the snow ever disappear from the mountaintops of Lebanon?
Do the cold streams flowing from those distant mountains ever run dry?
15 But my people are not so reliable, for they have deserted me;
they burn incense to worthless idols.
They have stumbled off the ancient highways
and walk in muddy paths.
16 Therefore, their land will become desolate,
a monument to their stupidity.
All who pass by will be astonished
and will shake their heads in amazement.
17 I will scatter my people before their enemies
as the east wind scatters dust.
And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them
and refuse to notice their distress.”

A Plot against Jeremiah

18 Then the people said, “Come on, let’s plot a way to stop Jeremiah. We have plenty of priests and wise men and prophets. We don’t need him to teach the word and give us advice and prophecies. Let’s spread rumors about him and ignore what he says.”

19 Lord, hear me and help me!
Listen to what my enemies are saying.
20 Should they repay evil for good?
They have dug a pit to kill me,
though I pleaded for them
and tried to protect them from your anger.
21 So let their children starve!
Let them die by the sword!
Let their wives become childless widows.
Let their old men die in a plague,
and let their young men be killed in battle!
22 Let screaming be heard from their homes
as warriors come suddenly upon them.
For they have dug a pit for me
and have hidden traps along my path.
23 Lord, you know all about their murderous plots against me.
Don’t forgive their crimes and blot out their sins.
Let them die before you.
Deal with them in your anger.

 

New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

OK. There it is. But before you skeptics start in on semantics and point out that it refers to “Israel” I believe that Israel is in reference to all people. But, the principle of the scripture is the message: if we continue to do evil and not obey God, then we will be inflicted with disaster!

What is the evil we are doing. It is apparent, isn’t it? Each of us, including me, is doing something that doesn’t sit right with the universe. We are creating chaos and destruction; we are hating and judging; we are disregarding people’s feelings. God’s Word isn’t terrible. The scholars asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment, and Jesus’ reply was “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your soul and with all of your mind.” Yet, Jesus provided a new commandment to “Love one another.”

And there lies the problem: We do not love each other. In the Bible, Jesus says that Hate stirs up conflict, but love covers a multitude of wrongs. Here, we have Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet given a message to turn away from evil, and Jesus, in the New Testament, proclaiming that loving each other will heal all that is evil.

Hmmm.

So, as a nation, the majority of us are replying just as it was written in Jeremiah: “No thanks you invisible God. No thanks. We will continue with our own plans because we are little gods and we do what we want because we know what’s best. We are the brightest bulbs in the box. We don’t need the Bible to tell us what to do. No. Let’s go on our merry way and continue to defy that you even exist.”

How’s that working for you?

Evil exists because we do not really love each other. I ask God daily, do I have to love Trump? Because I cannot see myself saying that I love Trump. Do I have to love those men and women who hate my skin color? Because it is difficult to wrap my little brain around that concept.

In the Bible it says, “Love your enemies.”

Ewww.

That is so difficult and therefore, this nasty pandemic continues; the struggle of racism rises, and the political temperature in our country is a tug of war between blue and red.

This is the hard message. I am clay. I am being molded and reshaped to love others daily. It’s hard when I’m angry. When I see videos of people being killed or harmed; when I hear that people disregard masks and act like it is offensive when it is piece of cloth to prevent the spread of a deadly virus; or, when I see the president make stupid remarks. I get angry.

I don’t want these evils to continue. I will pray and I will ask God to reshape me, and form me into what I need to be to help make this world a little better. I am marred. I will remain on the potter’s wheel until I’m in better shape.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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