“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I listened to President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Fourth of July speech. While addressing the partisanship that existed even then, he mentioned that there was still more that united us than what divided us. While this may still be true today, there are more differences, deeper divisions, and wider separations than I can ever recall in my lifetime. I grew up in the turbulent ’60s, so that’s saying a lot. What’s more, the trajectory is less than encouraging. “The political bands which have connected [us] with [one] another1” are stretched to near breaking. So much so, that healing the wounds, wounds that are becoming no longer “light and transient causes1,” may soon be beyond our grasp.
My Advice – As a Church, we must not allow these divisions to creep within. “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that1” whatever healing without is to come, must start within “[His] people who are called by [His] name.” “Our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor1” are at stake.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of [Christ’s Church], appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world1,” declare our dependence on Almighty God to heal our land.
1The Declaration of Independence