Hope in Times of Crisis and Injustice
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Scripture: “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.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
We are living in a time of crisis and injustice. If you have turned on the news lately and have watched the reports of the Russia-Ukraine War, abortion legislation, mass shootings, gun control legislation, and reports on mental health, you are fully aware of the time of crisis and injustice in which we are living. Not only can we see this in news reports, but also, we can see the time of crisis and injustice in statistics and studies such as:
- The United Nations’ civilian death toll in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion surpassed 3,000.
- In 2019- the last full year of available data, there were 629,898 abortions reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- There have been 27 school shootings with injuries or deaths in 2022.
- Firearm homicides increased by nearly 35%– the highest rate in over 25 years.
- The leading cause of gun deaths is still suicide.
- 6% of adults and 17% of adolescents are thinking about suicide at any given time.
Therefore, it is easy to see and know our world is full of injustices, and we are living in a time of crisis. So, as believers, what do we do?
First, we repent of our world’s wickedness and the collective sin that has allowed injustice to take place in our world. Second, we fall to our knees and cry out to God to give peace and comfort to those afflicted and wisdom to all leaders, and to equip believers with the compassion, kindness, and boldness to proclaim the Gospel that gives hope to all people. Finally, we trust and rejoice in the justice that will come when Christ returns.
Joel 3:2 says, “I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land.”
While we, as God’s chosen ones, wait expectantly for Christ’s return, let us mourn for the injustice and time of crisis, repent of our collective sin, seek to enact change, pray for change, and proclaim the life-giving hope, which is the Gospel.
Prayer: God of mercy, heal our land. Provide peace and comfort to those who are hurting. Give our leaders wisdom. God, show your glory in our nation and our world. Amen.
Submitted by Anna Mills Cox