America has been hit with a triple whammy! The shooting of Jacob Blake and the looming national elections have turned into a national brawl, and the coronavirus pandemic has brought a new normal to the American lifestyle.
The bitterness generated by our national elections will be with us long after November 3 and, in fact, may not be settled until we are well into the new year. We are a divided country, and no one has yet offered a viable solution. We have turned away from God and we have rejected the moral principles given us in His Word; it has left us with nowhere to turn.
What is wrong with America? Why are our people so unhappy? Why the strife between races and classes? We are tempted to blame Washington, but Jesus says we are what’s wrong with America.
In His words, “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” A man will never be at peace with his society until he is at peace with himself. Like the old spiritual said, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me O Lord! Standin’ in the need of prayer.”
We do not need a change of government or new legislation; we need a new heart. Most will agree you cannot legislate morality. Perhaps, but you surely can’t legislate a response to evil. We search for an effective solution, intelligent insight that could put our nation back together. But it’s not going to happen. Our problems are internal; they will only be resolved from the inside-out. External solutions will never work for they don’t deal with the soul.
We are trapped. We can’t run from our problems and we can’t ignore the festering issues that divide us. We will get past the pandemic, but that will do little to heal the wounds we have created.
But I refuse to accept what is being termed as “the new norm.” I, and a host of others like me, have turned to the only One capable of bringing order to our shattered world. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said, “Trust in God; trust also in me. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you again to the only One who can bring justice out of chaos, sunshine out of rain, and give us a song in the night. His Name is Jesus.