Right and Wrong
When I was in high school we got a new principal my senior year. Our previous principle had been incredible. He had given us 'hour lunches' where we could leave school or play frisbee on the lawn. The new principle, Dr. Wright put a nix on those freedoms and earned the title "Dr. Wrong". I'm sure he had his reasons for constraining our freedoms but it certainly didn't feel right.
In our passage this Sunday, Jeremiah 7:1-23, the prophet is making it very clear to his listeners that God has a standard and they are not measuring up to it. He was saying that there is a right way and a wrong way. We live in a culture that dislikes absolutes especially when it comes to beliefs and values. What we often forget though, is that if God created us for a relationship with Him then doesn't it make sense to follow it to its logical conclusion....He knows what's best for us?
So, amidst all the "do's and don'ts" of Christianity is a clarion call from God to return to him:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3