Tragedy or Opportunity?
Our country is hemorrhaging from a racial gash perhaps too deep to heal. Whose ideal America should prevail? Our founders wrestled with this and risked death on the high seas to inhale freedom. This, they felt, could only exist in a law-abiding system of checks and balances. They settled on three God-given rights that would satisfy the desires of each individual as well as promote the common good: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Dutch Sheets writes, “When I pray for revival in America, I know the breaches in America’s history well – injustices, acts and our many sins. We have failed, sometimes egregiously. Yes, our nation has a flawed past and perhaps an even more flawed present.” Only the God who in love formed us can reach back into the past and heal angry wounds we’re responsible for or merely inherited. Forgiveness and cleansing are His ideas.
Two millennia ago on a hill far away a dark-skinned, 30-something man who had never sinned, hung naked on a cross to pay reparations for us, accepting the death sentence we rightfully received for sins committed by every human of every race. He did this to give each of us total forgiveness and an endless future with Him. His name is Jesus. Here’s His pledge:
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
It would be a tragedy to not seize this opportunity.