Guilty or Not?

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites (Christians), because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.  There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.  Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.

“But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest (minister).  You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you.  So I will destroy your mother – my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests (ministers); because you ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your children.  The more the priests (ministers) increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something disgraceful.  They feed on the sins of the people and relish their wickedness.  And it will be: Like people, like priests (ministers).  I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds” (Ho.4: 1-9: NIV).

The bearer of God’s message is not a contemporary. He was Hosea circa 700 BC.  God’s message is not just contemporary but eternal (Mt.24: 35).  The Lord does not change (Heb.13: 8).  The recipients of Hosea’s message did not change and as a result vanished from history.  By the way, the people that replaced these losers in Hosea were Gentiles; namely, us.  What are our options?  Could it be that we are already in the loser’s column?