How Far Our Nation Has Turned From Thee

A villanelle inspired by the book of Jeremiah.

How far our nation has turned from Thee
To Whom we once pledged our faith and trust.
But yet You call to us, “return to Me.”

Choosing chains, yet declaring we are free
Still earth-bound to our own pleasure and lust.
How far our nation has turned from Thee!

Pursuing wisps of fame, power and prosperity
We forsake what is right and just.
But yet You call to us, “return to Me.”

Bowing to desire, but not bending our knee,
Our occasional pleas for help scatter as dust.
How far our nation has turned from Thee!

Praising the sins we ought to flee,
We claim it is Your commands that should adjust.
But yet You call to us, “return to Me.”

Worshiping all but You, why can’t we see
Your judgments upon us are discipline not disgust.
How far our nation has turned from Thee
But yet You call to us, “return to Me!”

Applies equally to Judah at the time of Jeremiah or the United States today.

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5 thoughts on “How Far Our Nation Has Turned From Thee

  1. Janelle Arnett says:

    What a timely post, Sean! Thank you for words of wisdom.
    Janelle

  2. Brenda Nave says:

    Thoughts that should be a reminder for all of us the urgency of the message and to guard out hearts and behaviors.

  3. peglovesjesus says:

    Beautifully written, Sean! The picture is perfect, also.

  4. Excellent point. We have slipped so far. I feel the pain when I see it in my own children, now grown and out of the nest. My parents took me to church faithfully and that was enough for me. It worked. Whatever I may have failed to do, we went to church just like when I was a kid, and yet, I’ve watched my kids struggle with their Christianity. What was enough for me, doesn’t seem to have worked as well with them. Something else is going on. We’ve slid farther, and we see the effects, but we can’t give up. All things else will pass, but what’s done for Christ will last.

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