“The word of the LORD came to me: Mortal, say to it: You are a land that is not cleansed, not rained upon in the day of indignation. Its princes within are like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows within it. Its priests have done violence to my teaching and have profaned the holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and the have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Its officials within it are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. Its prophets have smeared whitewash on their behalf, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery; they have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the alien without redress. And I sought for anyone among them who would repair the wall and stand in the breach before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; I have returned their conduct upon their heads, says the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:23-31
How are the people supposed to do right when those appointed to lead have taken advantage, promoted themselves and generally mistreated the people they are to lead? The people do what they have seen, they do to others as it has been done to them. Princes are to protect, Priests are to guard the sacred and teach truth, Officials are to protect from wolves not be wolves, and Prophets are to speak truth – God’s truth. All of these have neglected their responsibilities it is no wonder the people follow their example. What role am I, are you, called to, Prince, Priest, Official or Prophet? How are you doing as a person of God?