Our Leaders Are Scripture Burners

Posted on January 12, 2021

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By David Ettinger

An Abhorrent Account
It is one the most abhorrent accounts in the Bible. We read of it in Jeremiah Chapter 36.

It is getting late in the history of Judah – Israel’s Southern Kingdom. The wicked King Jehoiakim is reigning, and it is winter. He keeps himself warm by sitting before “a fire burning in the firepot” (v. 22). God’s command goes out to Jeremiah:

Protestors in Portland burn a Bible.

Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin (vv. 2-3).

Jeremiah obeys. He dictates the words the Lord gave him to his scribe/assistant Baruch, who writes them in a scroll, and then orders Baruch to read the scroll in the Temple.

The dire words reach the ears of a lower-level royal official named Micaiah, who reports them to higher-ranking officials, who summon Baruch to read the scroll to them. To their credit, upon hearing the dark warnings, the officials “looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, ‘We must report all these words to the king’” (v. 16).

They do so, and King Jehoiakim orders an assistant named Jehudi to fetch the scroll and read it to him. As he does, Jehoiakim does this:

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them (vv. 23-25).

An Appropriate Connection
I can’t help but connect Jehoiakim’s actions with those of our godless political leaders here in the U.S. I know this is a sudden leap from one era of history to another, but I think the comparison is appropriate.

No, our political leaders are not burning Bibles, but they might as well be. The policies of the Left are appallingly godless as they desecrate God’s divine commandments, mock His existence, and ridicule His followers.

What the Left supports and what the Bible teaches are so far from one another there can be no common ground between them. Quite a few on the Left claim to be “religious,” and this may be true, but this does not make them Christian.

No reading of the Bible can possibly lead to the belief that abortion is acceptable. No understanding of the Word of God can lead one to believe that God approves of any marriage relationship other than that of one man to one woman. No comprehension of God’s Law would have anyone conclude that “all paths lead to God,” that there is no such thing as sin, and that Heaven and Hell are myths.

Those on the “near” Left may call themselves “religious,” but the God of the Bible is not who they worship. And those on the “far” Left are actually honest enough to admit they don’t believe in God and the Bible, but this also means their godlessness is more blatant and dangerous than that of their counterparts.

And come January 20, this Left will control the White House and the two institutions of Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate. This means they will have almost carte blanche passing laws to suit their agenda. These laws will not glorify the God of the Bible.

Do the Work
Considering just how far left the Left has turned, America could be in for much upheaval over the next 4 years as our political leaders will be figuratively carving up the Word of God and tossing it into the firepot piece by piece.

Yet, God reigns over all, and He calls His children to pray for these political leaders – and I have no problem praying for their salvation – and to press on for Him (Philippians 3:13-14).

Therefore, as the Scripture-burners get to rule the day for a brief time, let’s remember to whom we belong and faithfully do the work He has called us to do: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15)!