Jeremiah 4:1-2 (NLT) 1 “O Israel,” says the Lord, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more. 2 Then when you swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.”
What God stated to Israel yesterday is what God is saying to the African American community today. A people delivered by God from the modern day Egypt called America, has now taken the detestable idols of its oppressor and called them our own. Our values have shifted from faith, family, and community to the idols of money, power, respect, individualism, sexuality, and abject ignorance to the injustice that clouds our communites everyday.
God has left a door open, asking us to come back as a community of people with uncompromising faith. A faith that doesn’t seek self glorification or social status but a faith that seeks righteousness and justice. Then we would be an example for the rest of the world. “O Israel,” says the Lord, “if you wanted to return to me, you could.”