“Is the Lord to be thus repaid by you?” A Message from Deuteronomy

The morning prayer of the Church contains a canticle derived from the book of Deuteronomy that includes this striking passage:

For I will sing the Lord’s renown.

Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

The Rock — how faultless are his deeds,

how right all his ways!

A faithful God, without deceit,

how just and upright he is!

Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children,

a perverse and crooked race!

Is the Lord to be thus repaid by you,

O stupid and foolish people?

Is he not your father who created you?

Has he not made you and established you.”


It is hard to look at the present state of America, which once considered itself a Christian nation, and not draw a connection between this passage and our own country.  We should ask ourselves: “Is this how we repay God?”



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  • Jack Mason

    It’s sad to look at America and see
    “a perverse and crooked race!” I hope you also see a country that is looked to by people all over the world as a shining light of freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

    • Brian

      Yes, Jack, sometimes reality is sad. Is the entirety of America “perverse and crooked”? No, but neither was the entriety of Judaism at the time.

      Nowhere in the Constitution will you find anything even hinting at freedom from religion. Sure, you are free to choose not to practice a religion, but there is no guarantee of freedom from it.

      Religion’s rightful place is in the public square. Whether to praticpate in it or not you are free to choose.

      • MorganB

        Brian, that is true except when you cross paths with an evangelist.

      • Jack Mason

        Actually Brian, there is plenty in the Constitution that protects Americans against Religious actions. The American courts are also full of cases protecting Americans against Religious action. We are all free to have whatever religious beliefs we choose. However, religious actions are not protected by the Constitution. And no religion can claim the right to the “public Square.”



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