Gridlock (Jeremiah 5:31)

Gridlock.

We hear this term utilized for traffic updates on the freeway. It also describes the current American congress. Divided equally between political parties, nearly every legislation that is proposed by one party is effectively blocked by the other. The only way any law can be enacted is if a compromise is reached and a simple majority is achieved. This is easier said than done as numerous bills have been shuttered or left to die in committees. Interestingly, while it leads to minimal progress for a variety of infrastructure decisions and social programs, it is celebrated by the financial community and Wall Street. Gridlock means no drastic measures or new laws that could potentially limit their power will be enacted. The result is businesses can continue to flourish and the stock market continues to advance to new highs. Powerful companies are happy, financial institutions are happy, and the layperson reaps the benefits. Why be bothered by social issues? Gridlock leads to complacency about addressing serious moral and societal concerns, as long as personal finances are prospering. 

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

Jeremiah 5:31 (NKJV)

The Prophet Jeremiah confronted a similar attitude amongst the people to whom He prophesied. He was commanded by God to shake the Jews out of their complacency and chose to fear God. Instead, all of the classes were content to let things be. From the prophets and priests to the layperson, everyone loved the status quo, and why not? Everyone was prospering, ignoring God, and content to follow their own path. Why worry about deeper social problems and moral character when we are comfortable?

Jeremiah’s words still ring true today. God asks us, “What will we do in the end?”

Complacency or action?

Do we place our faith in the eternal and unchanging power of God or in the ephemeral security of our pocketbooks subject to the whims of politicians?

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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