BEFORE WE PICK UP THE AXE
Jeremiah 24:3 Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I replied, “Figs, some very good and some very bad, too rotten to eat.”
I recommend everyone reading this devotion read the whole 24th chapter of Jeremiah.
God is revealing the "reality of bad" to Jeremiah. He is telling him there are very good and very bad people. Some too rotten to help. While the possibility exists to limit bad fruit. The probability does not. There will always be fruit that turns bad. There will always be bad mixed in with the good. This will be a reality until we all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Even good trees, with good fruit, have some go rotten. Matthew 3:10 tells us that Jesus put the axe to the tree that could not bear good fruit. America needs to watch which trees they desire to lay the axe on.
Do black lives matter? Yes, they do. And there is a difference in society on how much they matter compared to others in the eyes of some. This is why responding back with the statement ”All Lives Matter” is offensive too many. This statement dismisses the inequality of how much a black life matters compared to others in many instances. It is a reminder that the tree of civil rights must be allowed to continually grow in America’s garden too.
We have bad ministers, police, judges, doctors, teachers, businessmen and politicians. We have rotten fruit in every field. Yet, we find a need for these trees in society. Religion, justice systems, medical communities, schools, corporations, small business, and some type of government are those trees.
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