God says, "For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me - the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!" Jeremiah 2:13
Can we just cut through the lies? We have lied to ourselves about our God. We have believed that God is loving, while disbelieving that God judges and punishes. This picture of God allows us to sin, and find joy in sinning. Do you think I'm too harsh? Have you read the lyrics of the most popular songs our students sing while riding down the road? Have you listened to the unholy things adults and students say? Have you noticed the cravings for sex and drunkenness and money at Christmas time, and how intently we seem to chase those cravings? This world is in worse trouble than some fiscal cliff might bring. Jeremiah points out two sins: turning our back on God and filling our lives with unfulfilling things. Both of these things leave us guilty. God is our only solution to the problems in our life. All other solutions (just a little more money, more fun, more things from Wal-Mart) are only band-aids, when we need a full-on heart transplant.
Stellar Kart has a song called "Shine Like The Stars" that includes the following lines:
I hear you sayI look around and see people who have checked off "Christian" under the Religion section of some survey, while not truly having decided to follow God with their lives. I see the seeds of such a lack of devotion in my own soul, too, and I cringe. And I will never truly find satisfaction in compromise. I need a Savior to rescue my dying soul.
You know the way
Still you live like you do
The dying part of you