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The Passing Of The Blush

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Jeremiah, after listing Israel’s sins, said: “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush.” (Jer. 6: 15). Israel, like many today, stuffed cotton in their ears, as it were, refusing to listen to God. They glossed over the nations real condition, saying “Peace, peace, when there was no peace,” and when they sinned, they were not at all ashamed.

Sounds like today, doesn’t it? Sin is having a heyday, and people engage in it without the slightest embarrassment or blush. My, how things have changed. When just one curse word was used in the movie, “Gone with The Wind” people gasped, and the nations face turned red, and people were up in arms. But as you know, that’s gone with the wind, and today, that is mild stuff! Look at, even family shows, that are salted with profanity. Gutter language spews forth in the family room today via TV, radio, the internet, books, and magazines. Movies today have no limits as far as sexual immorality, and filthy language is concerned. Immodesty, in actions and apparel, abounds today.

What has happened? More and more people are becoming alienated from God, and we are seeing the dark side of living without Christ. They have become callous to sin, and hard-skinned toward the reception of truth, having loss the sense of shame, feeling no pain of conscience. They rationalize their sin as acceptable behavior, and therefore no longer blush or feel grief at sin. It appears that nothing is dirty enough to make some people blush. Such has become old-fashioned in our enlightened society. You know, what embarrasses us, and makes us blush, says a lot about us, and what it says is not good!

Ezra was embarrassed by the people’s sins, and he fell on his knees saying: “I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to Thee, my God, for out iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heaven.” (Ezra 9: 6). Are you embarrassed at what you are hearing and seeing today? Is it enough to make you blush? Think on these things.

Dennis Abernathy

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