All tagged Learning Lament
One of the central themes of Lamentations is simply this: When you pursue that which is opposite of God you get what is opposite of God.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity. This is not a "duh!" moment. This is a cosmic truth that people either don't realize or flat out ignore, that is until it is too late.
No one wants to suffer. So why does Jeremiah extol the virtues of suffering to young people? Why is it good to bite the dust, turn the cheek into the punch, and carry the weight of hardship while you are still young?
Jeremiah could have easily sat on the hill and looked at the burning city and said, "they got what they deserved" just like the many multitudes of Christians do today. Instead, he lamented.
Sin is usually described in terms of the one committing the sin. This is especially true in Churches whose complete communication of the Gospel is focused on what Jesus has done for you. It is hyper-individualistic at best, egotistic at worst and incomplete altogether.
Sometimes we find ourselves face to face with the Judge who already gave out several chances and now is going to make an example of us. This is learning lament.
Because we have benefitted from the pursuit of profession, possession, and passion we want to keep it that way. We eliminate honest discussion of sin and suffering, because - Ain't nobody got time for that.
Then tragedy strikes.
No one likes to dwell on their failures or mistakes. It hurts. In fact, many times we rush though the lamenting process, desiring to feel better as soon as possible. But lamenting is important, it is a vital first step in the process of learning from and changing our behavior. This is a process of lamenting, repenting, and cementing.
An overview of the book of Lamentations to prepare you for our upcoming series: Learning Lament - Faith and Sadness of Biblical Proportions. Let's set the stage: