Jeremiah 38:6 So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

As a quite young boy, I remember my teenaged auntie Mo, for Maureen, say to a friend of hers “don’t be such a stick in the mud”. It stuck, in my imagination. And later, after her friend went home, I asked about the meaning. She responded with what seemed an equally confusing expression, “a party pooper”. Going along with the crowd wasn’t the prophet Jeremiah’s way. He heard God’s word and faithfully delivered it for forty years, but almost always it was unwelcome to the powers that ruled. So unwelcome was God’s message this particular time that the plan was just to be done with Jeremiah permanently. God, though, had a different plan and Jeremiah wound up preaching, one-on-one, to the king with advance assurance that he would be heard and protected, though not necessarily heeded. Leaning against prevailing views and opinions is sometimes the only way to be faithful. Jeremiah was proven right as Jerusalem fell shortly thereafter to the Babylonian army. I wish, I pray, for more Jeremiahs among the formerly Grand Old Party’s leaders, especially the ones who call themselves Christian, maybe especially the ones called Pastor or Rev. Why don’t we all pray for that.

 Pastor Bill

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