Don’t Drive God Away
In the eighth chapter of Ezekiel, God takes the prophet to Jerusalem to see the area around the temple. Each place God takes him, Ezekiel looks and sees the people doing things God abhors. God says he’ll drive them from his sanctuary.
After several recurrences, the chapter ends with God’s response to the people’s vile actions. He says:
- I will deal with them in anger.
- I will not look on them with pity.
- I will not spare them.
- I will not listen to them, even though they shout.
The people did what God detested; their actions drove him from the sanctuary. They would get what they deserved.
I wonder if we do the same thing with some of our religious practices at church today? Do we do things God detests? Do we drive him away? I hope it isn’t so, but fear it is.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.