Tuesday 24 September, 2019
The Valley of Slaughter
“So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room” (Jeremiah 7:32)
I so much hope that it is not unusual and old fashioned to sound warning on the destruction that awaits those who do evil. I am aware that God loves the world and he would that all mankind should believe in Jesus to be saved (John 3:16). I am aware that the Gospel of love is more appealing to mankind than the Gospel of doom and destruction. Nevertheless, I am also fully convinced that Jesus’ commission of his disciples included sounding warning of the destruction that lies ahead of the evil.
Wickedness and evil is a very serious pandemic in this century. Men and women are becoming more godless, evil seems to be growing stronger by day. Wickedness and evil have not only infested the world, it has seized the church too. Wickedness and evil is not just at the door of the church, it is rather right inside the church. It is in the ‘faithful’ believers who pray overnight, speak in tongues and shout the loudest amen. Evil is in men and women who put on the dog collar and the purple shirt. Wickedness and evil is in those who prefer to be called ‘men of God.’
To escape the destruction in the Valley of Slaughter, we must repent, turn to the LORD and walk uprightly with the LORD lest God will “bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and the bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate” (Jer. 7:34).
The LORD may not ruin our land in our time; he may not bring destruction on us in our lifetime but surely God will punish the wicked.
Let us fear God and walk the way of the LORD. Let us shun evil and live. Let us denounce hypocrisy and escape the wrath of God. Let us be saved, and really be saved. Let us stand in the truth, reject evil and live to enjoy not only the earthly joy and gladness but the eternal peace with God in paradise. This demands that we shun evil, let Christ reign in us and lead us daily that we may not be led into temptation lest we shall be consumed in the Valley of Slaughter.
Prayer: When turn away from you, Lord, may your gentle hands bring me back to the fold that I will be consumed in the Valley of Slaughter. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.