186 The Song of the Prodigal Son’s Return
1 Why are you still like this after believing in God for so many years? As you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, you seem as though you don’t care at all; your decadent face shows your careless attitude, as though you’ve suffered great injustice and no longer have the heart to follow God. You, the fallen prodigal son, where are you headed, so stubborn? It seems you submit to God’s orchestrations and do not make choices for yourself. You linger at the crossroads and have lost the “faith” you had at the start. You resolutely look death in the face and march on to an unclear future.
2 In the haze, you seem to possess “great faith”—God will not abandon you, so you carry on as you like. Extravagant desires take the place of your subjective efforts. You are overburdened with negativity and you still haven’t rid yourself of it. Where has your conscience and reason gone? Even now you still haven’t awoken. You really are so useless and incompetent. You think that your noble character is sacred and inviolable. Even God in flesh is humble, a corrupt man has no dignity.
3 The tragedy is that you don’t know yourself at all. Within your imposing exterior there lurks a base villain. Is it because God has wronged you or because you have no truth that you feel embarrassed? How can you speak of doing your duty when your corrupt disposition has not changed one bit? What effect does God’s judgment have on you at all? Sooner or later, the wind will blow all the chaff away, and when that happens, your regret will come too late, and you shall wail and gnash your teeth. So now, pull yourself together and pursue the truth. That makes you wise.