As I think about our nation today, I am moved to grief. We have come to a point where fear, woundedness, and the deep longing in every human heart for meaning and fulfillment have reached a desperate point. Each one tries to find that significance and contentment in their own manner—and that is being lived out in expressions that I never expected to see in my lifetime. But that is the basis for the pervasive anger we see in our society today. Anger originates in fear, after all. And people are being ruled by their fear and becoming enraged at the proposition that what they believe offers them their much-longed-for freedom and fulfillment would ever be taken away from them. So, they attack and even destroy whatever appears to stand in their way. What grieves me most is that what purports to be the earthly key to a person’s security and deepest yearnings, often leads them to a deeper sense of hurt and despair. When we are honest, nothing on earth can really take away the pain we feel or give us what we long for—not for long, anyway.
And so, what I would ask of anyone reading this is not to respond in more outrage or anger or fear. Take that fury within you and realize what it really is—a cry that your earthly forms of defense are not working. Because of this, I would ask that we turn away from looking at this world for answers to the things that plague us as a nation. Because what we are experiencing is the fruit of much deeper issues of sin and the bondage it causes.
What grieves me most is that what purports to be the earthly key to a person’s security and deepest yearnings, often leads them to a deeper sense of hurt and despair.
Rather, let us pray. Let us look to the One who gives us the real solutions to the issues we face—answering the real longings of our hearts, giving us worth that never ends, imparting wisdom to navigate the complexities of our society, and who can fix the issues in our nation in a permanent way. Let us pray for the true revival of the Church to be the holy, Spirit-filled, loving hands and feet of God. And let us pray for the spiritual awakening of those who need Christ to give them the freedom, meaning, and fulfillment they really long for.
Take that fury within you and realize what it really is—a cry that your earthly forms of defense are not working.
Jesus cares for those who have been born and are hurting as much as the unborn who are in need of a voice—for the wounds that have been imposed visibly as much as the invisible bondage in each heart. Let us remember that people are not our enemies, but sin divides and devastates and makes enemies of us all. Therefore, let us pray to Jesus and ask Him to make Himself known in a powerful way in our nation. Let us turn away from the earthly forms of need-fulfillment that have so fatally failed us. And let us turn to God’s ways, who brings us peace within ourselves and with others that transcends understanding. Pray to Him and obey Him. Because only God can fix what has been so profoundly broken.