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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"A Greater Sin"

August 31, 2010

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You have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to Me. Jeremiah 16:12

There are some awards which are good to get and some awards which are less so.

For example, right now, if someone were giving it, the award for least healthy sandwich would probably go to Burger King's "NY Pizza Burger."

Here's a description: it's served on a 10-inch bun, which holds four quarter-pound burger patties, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, pesto sauce, and marinara sauce.

Burger King emphasizes the NY Pizza Burger is supposed to be shared.

Also in the running is Kentucky Fried Chicken's "Double Down" -- two chunks of fried chicken keeping company with cheese and bacon. And, of course, there's my favorite: the Krispy Kreme "Cheeseburger," which is just what it says it is: a bacon cheeseburger served up on Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

When that article was brought to my attention, I thought to myself this fast-food thing keeps getting worse.

This is probably what God says when He looks at the world.

We know He felt that way before He sent the flood during the days of Noah. If you look closely at the verse which accompanies this Daily Devotion, you can see that He certainly felt that during the time of Jeremiah.

But the question is this: how does He feel about us now? It would be a rotten award if our generation went down as the worst, or as one of the worst, in history.

Now, I'm not sure where our age stands in the rankings, but I'm sure as Christians we need to do what we can to make sure no such prize gets awarded. We who have been redeemed by the Savior, who are motivated by a spirit of thanksgiving for His sacrifice on the cross, need to do what we can, where we can, to glorify our Redeemer's Name.

And, if that improves our generation's standing in history, so much the better!

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is a sad thing when a generation seems to want to be known for its godlessness. From such a sinful longing, keep our generation. Please remove the influence of those who set the pace in leading others astray. This I ask in the Name of my crucified and ever-living Lord Jesus. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 15-16    2 Corinthians 5

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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