Several weeks ago, I sat down at my computer and reviewed my history. I wanted to see what my teenage son had been browsing while I was at work. Sadly, I found him wasting time on web sites and games that were not part of his homeschool agenda. So, being a responsible father, I changed the password on the computer, and he went without the computer for a few weeks. When I decided to let him back on, I was watching him like a hawk and if there was any more inappropriate webbing, he would have been stuck using the library for the better part of a year.
What does that have to do with us? I think we can agree that the election on Nov 8th was unexpected. For those who were praying for the truth to come out and for our nation to take a turn, it was a miracle. Ben Franklin noted at the Constitutional Convention that God works in the affairs of men. God showed up this month.
Many people have been praying over the 2 Chronicles 7:14 scripture, which says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Read that passage again. Then do it again. Does the scripture say that the land would be instantly healed? Did it say that we would have a godly righteous nation given back to us to try to keep together? No, it says none of that. I truly believe that we have stepped into the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14. I have never seen so much prayer and petition to God to heal this nation as I saw leading up to this election. I firmly believe that he waved his hand over our country and he started the healing.
But that gets to the heart of the issue. God helped us out, by starting us on a path. Much like I did with my son after I gave him the new password to the computer. He has to work to make sure he follows the rules. He has to put up with the frequent oversight and questions. He has to put up with a little bit of mistrust until my faith in him is restored. We, as a society, got started on the path, now we have to do the work to keep that promise alive. The healing of our land is not a miraculous instant healing, but the slow knitting together of bones, separated and rubbing together for a long time. The open wounds are still bleeding. The people and society needs a steady loving hand, but we have to prove we are worthy of that. The best way I can interpret this is it’s time for Christ’s Church to rise up and come together with love, to provide the moral underpinnings that we so desperately need. Our society doesn’t need safety pins and safe spaces, we need the unconditional love that comes from Christ himself. We need that expressed by his followers on this earth so we can see “Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”
I’m not sure what that means for me, but I will be trying to show love to everyone. Even to those who riot, and protest, even to those who don’t look like me, even to those who don’t worship like me, even to those who have different lifestyles than me, even to those who I fervently disagree with, I will treat them with love and respect.
How about you?