So, if you haven’t noticed, the world has gone crazy. I mean, I really feel like it’s on the verge of collapse or implosion. I don’t even want to rehash it, it’s so depressing and terrifying. Suffice it to say, this must be the bloodiest era since time began.
And that got me thinking. Everyone seems to have their own agenda, their own self-righteous opinions, their own seething hatred and intolerance for others who do not feel or think the same way. Everyone vies for their voice to be heard while not reciprocating to those whose opinions differ. Even praying is cause for job dismissal. (Obviously, that only applies to certain religions while not to others)
Beyond that, immorality is rampant. There always seem so be a new headline about child porn. The most recent story about Jared Fogle, who has children of his own, is disturbing. As a new mom, this is very alarming. Other abuse, whether physical, verbal, even bullying, are also regular headlines in the news.
Daily, there are stories of muggings, maimings, murders, just for the thrill of it. It’s like I can’t even walk down the street anymore without the possibility of someone out to attack me for fun. And I certainly can’t go to school, church, the movies, the mall, a restaurant, etc., without possibly getting shot by a suicidal maniac who wants to take as many people with him as possible.
Sometimes I cry for the world.
Things aren’t getting better. In fact, they won’t unless there is a healing in our land. People hold on to resentments and bitterness far longer than they should; they don’t understand the power of forgiveness to heal them. Of course, many don’t want healing, they revel in their victimhood and want everyone to know it. And if you have a different opinion you’ll be shut up by being called a racist, a bigot, or threatened. Truth is the new hate speech, y’all.
I’m reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says (the verse begins in the middle of a sentence), “[if] My people who are called by My Name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” Humbling oneself (opposite of pride!!) is not easy, but isn’t it worth it to heal our land? Isn’t it worth it to seek out God and turn from evil?