We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the overwhelming whip passes through
it will not come to us,
for we have made lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter — Isaiah 28:15
You might be thinking, “Who in their right mind would actually do this, let alone do it on purpose?” If this didn’t describe what we are doing as a country, I would say nobody would do it. I can hear the protests already, “we haven’t made a covenant with death.” Oh, really? Why don’t we ask the millions of aborted babies whose blood cries out from the ground just like Abel’s did?
Surely we haven’t made an agreement with Sheol. What is Sheol exactly anyway? If we go with “the grave”, are you still prepared to say that we haven’t attempted an agreement whereby we avoid it at all cost? We’re doing research to cure disease, and people are living longer more productive lives. We’re increasingly willing to destroy human life, and attempt to create it in the form of cloning. All because we believe there may be some advance from embryonic stem cell research, that will cure cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s, and allow us to recover from spinal cord injuries. Why perhaps we’ll experience in reality the song from the 80s.
I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna learn how to fly — Fame 1980
The sad reality is that we make lies our refuge. Don’t believe me? We teach that God didn’t actually create everything. That the theory of evolution is more accurate than God’s account of His creation. We believe the lie that human influence on the climate is going to cause oceans to rise and overtake the land, unless we stop.
If that isn’t enough, we have taken shelter in the falsehood that government knows better than God. We believe that the laws they pass will make us safer, and the programs they put in place will protect us from cradle to grave.
We no longer turn to God unless we experience some disaster beyond our control, and then we blame Him for the destruction, and ask Him why, as if he needs to explain himself to us.
The real question is when will we wake up? When will we turn to God? When will we beg for forgiveness? And the follow-up question is, will we do it before it is too late?