When we walk away....
Then he brought me to the entrance to the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning for Tammuz. He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”
Here the Lord is showing Ezekiel that there is something going wrong with Israel. Here a woman is mourning over a Sumerian god. The Lord is obviously grieved and saddened over this. It is not a normal thing to do for the people of Israel. They have stepped away from serving the true God. The nation of Israel has stepped away from their calling, they have rejected God, and the worst was yet to come.
I believe that the Lord is truly saddened when Christians step away from their calling and retreat away from their God. Now whether or not you believe that “once a Christian always a Christian”, or in the theory of “were you ever saved at all” we can all agree that God is not happy when it happens. Especially in this case where they not only walk away, but do the things that are displeasing in His eyes. It grieves His heart when we do it individually, when a church does it corporately, or when a nation does it collectively. So what does that mean for us who are left to absorb the collateral damage that comes along rejection God? We must pray. We pray that their hearts are changed and that they see the light of God once again. There is not much else we can do. Let God take charge and we just keep praying and obeying His commands. Stand firm in Him and be an example to all.
Lord you are in charge. We know you are saddened when those who profess to follow you walk away. We pray for them.