“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” (Jeremiah 8:20)

A man from another country once lamented, “In our country it is illegal to buy a Bible on Sunday but it’s legal to sell pornographic literature.” He spoke out of concern for a country where only 4 percent go to church and spiritual apathy prevails.

In the United States, statistics say only 40 percent go to church, and pornography is at an arm’s reach with computers in our homes and cell phones in our pockets. Divorce and sex outside of marriage are commonplace. Fifty years ago, the main problems in public schools were chewing gum, running in the halls, and throwing spit wads. Today it’s drugs, alcohol, and sex.

When the prophet Jeremiah mourned for Judah, he issued a powerful warning, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (8:20). Saved in this context refers to the deliverance Judah never experienced as it fell under Babylonian bondage. Judah’s leaders had ignored God’s commands and treated sin lightly. Jeremiah repeated the message he gave earlier (6:12–15) that God would punish the nation. Although God gave ample opportunity for repentance, they continued to rebel.

Who are the Jeremiahs of our day God will use to call individuals to Himself, and how is it best done? The answer is simple. It’s you and me spreading the message of the gospel.

Before there can be reformation, there must be regeneration. We can petition, protest, and become irritated about the culture, but unless we introduce people to the saving grace of Christ through a clear presentation of the gospel, they are without the power to change.

The question each of us must answer is, “Are you distressed enough about your country to evangelize its citizens?”