But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so he will not hear. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. Their deeds are evil deeds. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.
According to what they have done, so he will repay; wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay for the islands their due.
For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.
Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion. Do not hold back. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong we are like the dead. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.
For our offenses are mighty in your sight: divorce, abortion, euthanasia, pornography, homosexuality, injustice for the poor, wickedness in high places, banning your name from the public square, witchcraft and evil promoted at every turn, filth paraded before us in the public media. These sins of the nation testify against us.
Rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God. So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance, truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
Oh Christian repent! Rise up! Drive this evil from the public square. Do not tolerate wickedness in high places for the Lord is watching, ever mindful of the sins committed by this nation. He knows our hearts. He will not tolerate wickedness forever but will come in like a flood to judge the wicked and rescue the righteous.
From the west, men will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. Do you?
(1) Portions of this notice were paraphrased from Isaiah chapters 58, and 59, NIV.
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