If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way … I will hold you responsible …

Ez 33:7,8

I hear more so now than I have in the recent past good people, mature and well-educated people of faith ask: “What can we do to get this society back on track?”

They may be talking about the staggering numbers of out-of-wedlock births, especially those of teenagers, or they may be talking about the deluge of murders in large cities, a rising national debt and the imprudence of government to control their appetite to spend in order to placate voters, or they may be speaking about the wreck that public secondary education is in so many localities, or the distasteful movies that hold sway over many viewers.  The list goes on, and on.

Yes, it is difficult to reverse trends that seem to have led to a cascading decline in everyday life and this culture.  Yet, are not these words from Ezekiel a good and sobering start to restoring a culture?

In short, does the restoration not start with us – each of us speaking up, pointing out the deadly nature of the behavior of others who breach so readily their responsibility to us to conduct their affairs in ways that add to the common good, to peace, to fellowship and elevate conduct and expectations?

It seems to me that Ezekiel nails it.  Bang.  We each have a job to do.

Shalom.

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