Ezekiel 20:32 is a gripping verse. In short, God announced that being a believer in Him demands a countercultural mindset. In other words, followers of the Lord are destined to stand out because we have beliefs that run contrary to many of the secular values. We cannot, and should not, separate ourselves from the sacred view of things. We should be exceptional. We should shine in the moral darkness. Sadly, Israel/Judah lost sight of this at major points in history (but so has Christianity in recent generations). When we long to be like the rest of society we relinquish godliness for worldliness. We chose the carnal over the consecrated. To be like everyone else, to be like other nations, is to no longer have a desire to carry the banner of God. It is a rejection of the Lord, and an embracing of selfish/sinful living.
What do the other nations have that would be more appealing than serving God? A king? A more liberal perspective? False gods? In Ezekiel 20:32 the Lord was calling humanity to stop and think about what we lose in spiritually immoral behavior. To depart from God is to leave the exceptional life. We were not made to be of the depraved world. We were made to impact and help change the corrupted world. That was Israel’s mission then. That is the church’s mission today.
Ezekiel 20:32 “You say, ‘We want to be like the nations, like the people of the world, who serve wood and stone.’ But what you have in mind will never happen.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/21/2019)