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Updated: Mar 12

“This Is Fine”

Jeremiah 6:14 is a verse that has echoed in my mind. When you understand what is going on in that verse, it is not something that you can easily move past. In this passage, Jeremiah is writing about the impending destruction of Jerusalem. Israel had been chosen by God to be the vessel through which God would bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:1-2), but they had consistently turned their back on God, worshiped the idols of the nations, neglected justice, and acted mercilessly toward their fellow Israelites as well as toward immigrants from other nations. The coming judgment was well deserved and was perfectly aligned with what God had been telling them for generations.

But in the midst of all of this, while Jeremiah is proclaiming the judgment of God that would come upon Israel, other priests and prophets were saying “Peace, peace.” They were saying that everything was ok. In 2013, a meme was produced as part of a webcomic by Karen Green entitled Gunshow. This meme shows a dog sitting at a table drinking coffee in a room that is set ablaze while the speech bubble says, “This is fine.” That meme encapsulates the idea that is being described when Jeremiah says,

“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.”

What Is Peace?