The state of our country-and the world can be so distressing. I'm not the smartest person I know, but I know this much: Human beings, in general, as a rule, are decent, kind, loving, generous and fundamentally good. The media hypes every other truth - because it's sensational and riles us up and gets us hooked and anxious to tune in to see what the latest awful thing has happened in the world!
I'm not advocating sticking our heads in the sand - I'm one of the most generally well-informed citizens of the world I know! But I have this to say: God is in heaven and He did not create us to hate and kill each other. That does not relieve us of our responsibilities as His creations: we must be the best we can be - and demand - yes I said demand - the same of others in our world. Not perfect - but attempting to live well.
I refuse to be overcome and overwhelmed by hate, violence, prejudice, political posturing. I pray every waking minute for wisdom and courage on the part of our leaders. But I also pray for the same for myself and for each of us - regular people, just trying to live each day.
There is no excuse for behaving badly. There is no "pass" on committing acts of violence, cruelty, or advancing hate - whether you are a "regular" person on the streets, or a powerful politician or business mogul!
I ask that you join me in praying for our country, for our world, and for each other.
"[ The Essence of the Law ] So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul," (Deutronomy 10:12 NIV)
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8)?