Zephaniah the prophet, an obscure writer in the Old Testament canon, is rarely read in worship on Sunday mornings. This Sunday, November 13, we will hear Zephaniah’s oracles of judgment. [When you read this passage, you will see why the church likes to tuck Zephaniah away so often!]
One compelling thing gets lost when we ignore Zephaniah. Because Zephaniah’s contemporaries said something we can all relate to. Centuries ago, Zephaniah observed his society’s people resting on their dregs, saying to one another: “The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm.”
In other words, it doesn’t matter what happens.
God and God’s role in society–
in human life–
in the daily grind–
What will be, will be. Que sera, sera.
Or as a teenager would put it: WHATEVER.
The problem with the “whatever” mentality is under that simple, but very widespread, emotional resignation, evil flourishes. Secrets fester. Bad decisions get overlooked, swept under the carpet. Out of sight, out of mind.
Complacency is an enemy to all that is good and right and true in any society. And have you noticed? Zephaniah’s divine oracle, directly condemning complacency, is all over Sports Illustrated this week.
The Day of the Lord might be as near as the outcry over a deplorable scandal at Penn State University.