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. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Go look at that boy with matted hair, tattered clothes, and grimy feet. Then look at his house, near the road, and you’ll see a fusion of plywood and tarpaulin and tires, with no electricity and no bathroom.
Next: look at that woman wailing in front of her husband, who has three stabs in his chest, bloodied. He was on his way home when two robbers took everything from him—money, gadgets, life.
Now look at those robbers, running freely around the streets and reveling in their loot. They aren’t afraid; they’ve given the police a share in their booty.
Lastly, look at those people in position, who promised that no boy would have to live that way, no woman would have to lose her husband to crime, and no criminal would have to go unpunished. How are they faring?
These are just some vignettes of what is happening in our nation. Do we, who call ourselves people of God, just look? Poverty, crime, and injustice will not end if we will just look. We have to do something. We have to humble ourselves before the Lord, pray, seek His face, and turn from our evil ways. We have to spread acts of kindness and be examples of change. As we do, God will bring healing to our land, resulting in other vignettes–better, brighter, and far more beautiful.