The people of Judah failed to think through the consequences of their choices. (see Lamentations 1:9) For generations they had ignored the Laws warning against idolatry, oppressing the poor and cheating in business. They maintained a pretence of worshiping the Lord by keeping temple rituals, but in reality they had turned away from God.
The Lord sent many prophets to warn the people of Judea of the impending disaster but the Judeans ignored them. Then when the Babylonians destroyed their way of life, the people were shocked.
In a similar way how much longer can Americans ignore our increasing national debt with other nations. What are the consequences of letting our national debt continue to increase? Will we be like the people of Israel when disaster strikes?
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