This, pretty much:
We like to take medication, as a culture. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. Sometimes we can’t return to our body’s baseline without it. Sometimes, though, we want to take medication because we hope it’ll create change without demanding that we make any changes to how we’re living.
Like the guy at the gym the other day who said he worked out so he could eat (and drink) more. We want what we want.
The OT prophets have been calling for attention lately, again. Their vigor rouses the soul. Their denunciations make the ears blush. The tender calls to return to the Lord soften the heart. Their reminders that actions bring certain and determined consequences leave no wiggle room. Their imperatives push us toward the holiness of God.
They were outdated, in the minds of the first hearers, on the day their messages were uttered. They continue to sound outdated today, in a jaded and licentious society. But now, as then, they have never been more needed. Attention to their message will avert disaster. Will we hear? Will I? Will you?