A friend of mine who was born and raised in Louisiana but has lived for the last few years up north told me of discussions with his family who are still back home. They were highly critical of Black Lives Matter. When my friend tried to explain to them the significance of the movement they accused him of being corrupted by Yankees. No, he responded. I’ve been corrupted by the Gospel. That serves as a reminder of the futility of separating our political life from our spiritual life. We see this in the story of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Despite the warning of the prophet Jeremiah to obey the will of God King Zedekiah made a political calculus — which led to utter desolation.