“He said to him, ‘Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.’ ” 9:4
It’s hard to navigate between loving where you live and not aligning with the sin nature of culture.
Think about where you live now. Does the city break your heart? Do you see a lot of needs needing to be met?
Or do you call it home and it’s easy to love. Maybe you often find yourself slipping into the culture around you, normalizing behavior you once abhorred.
I remember when I first lived outside of my home state. The culture kind of shocked me. Everything was fast-paced and it seemed difficult to develop intentional relationships with people. It wasn’t long before I realized how quickly I imitated the culture around me. The things they bought, the way they spent their time. The size of their TVs. I laughed about this with friends, but a sinking feeling grew in my stomach. I needed to get out of this place before I mimicked anymore of the culture I originally disliked.
How do you find the balance between living intentionally in your city, yet being horrified at the things that horrify the Lord?