It occurs to me today as I title this post, that although the Corona virus still dictates our daily lives, it no longer dominates our daily headlines. Another voice has drowned it out for the time being. Another issue has taken Corona’s place, one that holds us captive with curfews, one that has held us captive in more subtle ways for over a century.
Racial injustice continues to be exposed but needs to be eradicated from our country. Justice is supposed to be color blind or it is not justice at all. It is not justice for all. Our Declaration of Independence guarantees each one of us those “unalienable rights” given to us by God not government, of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Because these rights are God given, no government should deny any of us those rights – rights rightfully bestowed by our Creator when He made us in His image. We need to remember the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal.” We are equal in God’s eyes and it’s His perfect vision of us that should dictate how we see ourselves, how we see each other and how we see this world.
Unfortunately, our vision is short sighted and too often clouded with our own prejudices and preconceptions. God’s take on our situation is very clear, however. In 1 John 4:19-21 we read,
“We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
We need to embrace this command, take it to heart and live it out. No legislation can change what is a problem of the heart. Heart’s are breaking, hearts need to be changing also. But the only One who can truly change our hearts is the One who created them in the first place. In Ezekiel 36:26 God says,
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
That’s the heart change we all need, as a nation and as individuals. We need our hard hearts to be made soft. That process involves breaking them and grieving before any healing can take place. When anger replaces grief we never fully grieve what we have lost and are not able to heal. Anger doesn’t allow healing to take place.
And we so desperately need both healing and hope right now. The words of Psalm 103:2-6 have enlightened and encouraged me today as I feel lost amid the chaos so much crime and violence have brought to cities everywhere.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”
There is hope in those final words, God is working righteousness and justice for those who are mistreated and oppressed. Psalm 9:9-10 says,
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”
As I hang onto hope again today while waiting for wrongs to be righted and peace and freedom to be restored, I hang onto these words from Isaiah 40:31,
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
this is not a time to faint but a time to stand firm against what is evil, instead proclaiming what is good, God’s love for us, as His creation, and His command that we are to love each other as He has loved us.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)
sincerely, Grace Day