“Thus says the Lord, ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and who heart turns away from the Lord’” (Jeremiah 17:5).

The deliberateness and intentionality required to be a unique presence and distinctive voice in contemporary society requires the utmost attentiveness of God’s people. If not guarded, we can find ours on a slippery slope of trusting human systems — technological innovation, social status, economic achievement, military power, or partisan politics — as the means of security and purpose. Living to such ends is a cursed existence, for it is driven only by selfish desires.

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