Has our love grown cold?

February 9, 2021

See how often sacred scripture indicates the decay of love among us. For example, the Jewish people had sworn to God that they would keep all the commandments, that they would accept the covenant, that they would do what God ordered them to do. They said the God of Israel would be their God. In six weeks they were prostrate before the golden calf. Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the law in his hands. Joshua, hearing the uproar the people were making said to Moses,  Listen! There is fighting in the camp Moses replied,  This is not the clamor of warriors or the elam of of a defeated people. It is the sound of singing that I hear.  As he approached the camp, Moses saw the bull calf and the dancing, and he was angry. He flung the tablets down and they were shattered to pieces at the foot of the mountain. Then he took the calf that they had made and burnt it. He ground it to powder and sprinkled it upon the water and made the Israelites drink it. Then he said to his brother Aaron, the high priest, Why did you do this?  This shows what happens when there is not strong leadership.  Why did you do this?  We can rationalize anything; and here comes the lamest excuse that is recorded in all history. Aaron said, Well, I took the gold offerings that were given to me. I put it in the furnace, and it came out a calf. It came out a calf? And they said this was the god that led them out of Egypt. Love quickly decays.