X-Rated by God

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Jonah 3:3-10

Nineveh was an old city. It became the capitol of Assyria in 700 BC. Nineveh’s sins included plotting evil against the Lord, cruelty in war, prostitution, witchcraft and violence (3:8). So what’s new?

Violence is also a trademark of this decade on every continent. In the entertainment media-movies, TV, video games and magazines-acts of terror and murder, child and spousal abuse, and sexual aggression dominate. We even have the audacity to call the portrayal of violence entertainment.

The prophet Jonah told Nineveh that unless the city was sorry for its violence it faced death. God’s message remains the same today. Thankfully, Nineveh believed the word from God and repented. God showed compassion and spared the city.

Does this put fear in you? It should. Hostile feelings between families and associates are dangerous. Who knows how broken relationships will end? God is holy and good, and he will not let violence go unnoticed. We cannot claim allegiance to God and at the same time be violent. God’s character is not violent, and he will not tolerate violence in his people.


O holy God, we repent for allowing violence in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.