O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? Jeremiah 4.14
It was not because Jerusalem was physically devastated that Jesus wept when He entered the city. He cried because their spiritual condition and, consequently moral condition, was like the city of Rio de Janeiro: in the muck.
When He told Jerusalem to wash their heart from wickedness, to be saved, the Lord pointed out that most “Christians” have been weak, sick and on the brink of the grave. It is very hard to say this, but it is God’s outcry to awaken those who, in one way or another, opened the door of their soul and allowed wickedness to enter. And the worst: even experiencing the limits of spiritual misery, they are still unable to recognize the warning of the Holy Spirit through the prophet Jeremiah.
What can you do?… If they do not listen to the One who convicts of sin, will they listen to His servants?
O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return. Jeremiah 5.3