In the Book of Ezra it describes a wayward unfaithful nation or people of God. Specifically it deals with the priesthood and its marrying of foreigners from the surrounding lands and nations. Ezra the Priest in verse one of the tenth chapter is found in intercessory prayer for his covenant brethren. Praying, confessing, weeping, and throwing himself to the ground (complete humility). He was praying for repentance to fall upon the hearts of his kinsmen. In verse two his prayers begin to bare fruit; as they collectively confess “we have been UNFAITHFUL to Our GOD by marrying foreign woman from the people around us. But in spite of this there is still a HOPE for Israel.” Finally in verse three the intercessory prayer of Ezra is manifest as the leadership of those people declared publicly; “now let US make a covenant before Our GOD”…to PUT AWAY the foreign wives and offspring from among us. Ezra 10:1-3 NIV
The marrying of “foreign women” can be likened to partaking of the things of this “world”.
Carnal Christianity, while apparently flourishing over the past few decades, produced nothing more than veal calf Christians. Veal is accomplished when a baby calf is never weaned from its mothers milk, and kept upright in stalls so that they do not fall over as they are too weak from anemia to stand on their own.
America, like Israel also has been found to be UNFAITHFUL to Our GOD. This is an image of modern American Christianity as we are called to be a Royal Priesthood A Holy Nation (1Peter 2:9). Yet we have been married that is to say we have coupled ourselves to the things of this world and have been led astray from the Truth and from The Way in which we are to be living our lives. Separated from the influence and attachments that go along with yoking ourselves to this culture. Lots wife perished for her love of the things of her world (Genesis 19:26). We are called to be “in the world but not of the world” (John 17:11,14-15).
To paraphrase Christ Jesus’ teaching he states in the Gospels (Mt. 12:30 , Mk. 9:40, Lk. 9:50) that those (things or people) that are NOT FOR US are against US. The things and influential people of this world are not for US my fellow Christ follower they are against The LORD GOD and His Messiah and those that would follow them whole heartedly. It is TIME TO SEPARATE, to sever that relationship and PUT them AWAY.
No longer can we be like an unfaithful spouse to Our Lord and Savior, Our Bridegroom, Our GOD. We MUST become fully devoted to Him who is Coming soon for a Bride without Spot or Wrinkle.