“Indeed I tremble for my country…”
“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:34 — King James Version
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
Proverbs 14:34 — New International Version
Hear the word of the Lord…
for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
and no knowledge of God in the land;
there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land mourns,
and all who dwell in it languish,
and also the beasts of the field
and the birds of the heavens,
and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
Hosea 4:1-3 — English Standard Version
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Acts 3:19 — English Standard Version
Not in mere lip service. Not in placing a piece of gold, silver, platinum, wood, or other formed things of man around one’s neck in the shape of the tree of the greatest suffering and sacrifice without a change of heart, a true renewing of mind and spirit. Not merely speaking or going through the motions while continuing to sin mightily. Unrepentant.
As the people of Israel in the book written by the prophet Hosea, and in so many other accounts of those who made a promise before God to obey, to serve, to follow Him only to turn from God and His ways, His word. Reneging on their promises. Acting as if there will no be judgments, consequences, an accounting.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version