The Exaltation and Reproach of a Nation

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Prov 14:34)

You’ve heard the phrase before: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Solomon verbalized the same principle this way:

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. (Eccl 1:9-10)
This sermon evaluates four “nothing new” pitfalls from Jeremiah 6:9-15 that continue to afflict the United States of America and nations around the world.

  • Outward expressions of religion with little or no delight in God’s word (Jer 6:10).
  • People who are relentlessly driven by greed (Jer 6:13).
  • Empty assurances from the comfort and soothing of false teachers (Jer 6:14).
  • A failure to be ashamed of sin (Jer 6:15).

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 3:20).

Are we living like we believe it?

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