Ezekiel 34:16 – “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
If you were to look at the entire chapter, you would see that God is talking to the irresponsible priests and leaders in Israel who had been more concerned with their own well-being than they were with proper care of God’s people. Because they had not strengthened the weak, or healed those who were sick, “nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost” God pronounced judgment.
Are we not guilty of the same thing? Over 20,000 children die every day of preventable causes like diarrhea. Half the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day…that’s over 3 billion people. Idolatry is rampant, families disintegrating, and church attendance is in a free-fall. Yet, on any given Sunday in America, the message you hear in many pulpits more resembles a self-help seminar than the true gospel. We see a church so devoid of the power of the Holy Spirit that we must rely on silly marketing schemes to draw an increasingly jaded and cynical population through our doors. Those who call themselves by the name of Christ (me included) care more about their own needs than they do about the millions who are hungry and sick and drifting into a Godless eternity.
God says He will not ignore this injustice forever. He says He will personally care for the abandoned and scattered, while the fat and comfortable will be “fed in judgment.” Are we willing to repent? Are we willing to hang on the cross with Christ, forsaking our own well-being that we might care for His flock?
In Isaiah 34:20 God says He will judge between the fat and the lean sheep. I’m choosing sides, and I’m choosing the side of the lean sheep. I’m choosing to reject our fat modern culture of selfishness and materialism that I might do the work of the Good Shepherd, caring for the weak and hopeless. I may fail miserably at first because the roots of selfishness go so deep in me, but I’m choosing it nonetheless.
Which side are you on?
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