“ If my people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, than I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
2 Chronicles 7:14
These are the words, the LORD God spoke to Solomon after the dedication of the temple. These are words that we, the citizens of the United States of America, need to heed now.
All of us need to humble ourselves before God.
One definition of humble says: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
That is exactly what we have done. We have decided what we say, goes. What we do is right. That we can make our own decisions, and all else be damned. That we are the greatest country in the world.
No. No we are not the greatest country in the world. Maybe to our opinions, yes. Have you wondered what the rest of the world thinks of us after yesterdays events? They see us as self-righteous. They believe we got what we deserved. How on earth did we get this so far wrong?
Many in our country believed most everything that Donald J Trump said. Although in fact checking what he says, we have found evidence after evidence after evidence that he lies. I can’t begin to understand him or his theatrics. Could it be that he has spent his whole life trying to earn the love of his father? And that he bullies anyone he chooses because then he can feel better about himself? I have no idea.
What I do know for sure is that if he was trying to earn his father’s love, he chose the wrong FATHER. The thing is we don’t have to do anything to earn Our Father’s love. He loves us just the way we are, grievous faults and all. We have forgotten that ALL men and women, all girls and boys, have been created in the image of God. It makes absolutely no difference the color of our skin, we ARE ALL made in the image of GOD. No one is better than anyone else. No one. He loves each of us with what I call an indescribable love. We are not capable to love each other as God loves us. Oh, but how different it would be if we could.
No one is exempt from God’s love. NO ONE.
We are all the same as far as He is concerned. Whether we are Black, or Brown, or Yellow or White, as the song says: we are all precious in His sight. It doesn’t matter if we are single or married, gay or straight, conservative or liberal, able bodied or disabled, whether we are rich or poor, whether we acknowledge GOD or not; HE LOVES EACH OF US.
The audacity and pride we have to think we are better than others is what is evil and can make us wicked. We become our own god. And that is where everything goes wrong. Have we made ourselves more important than everyone else? With the attempted coup and storming of the Capitol yesterday, it certainly seems that some of us think we know what is best, and we will do whatever it takes-including the violence and mockery that was shown. We will desecrate things because we don’t get our way. Our guy didn’t win. Seriously this is beyond even childish.
We do need to humble ourselves. We need to acknowledge where we have been wrong. We need to remember that we are just human beings; we are NOT God. But, we NEED GOD, now more than ever. We need to renounce our pride, we need to quit pointing out who is wrong. We need to get the correct estimation of ourselves. We need to move on. We need to heal and we need to forgive.
Forgiveness is not easy. It comes with a huge price, it means we need to stop being angry or resentful. This requires HARD HARD work in our case. We have put politics above people. We have to let go of hatred and ask how to love without conditions. There are so many of us struggling today saying this is not our country, we don’t behave this way. Guess what? Some of us did. Some of us thought about repaying evil with evil.
One of the things that upset me so much was realizing once again that we are a country who believes its White citizens are more important than anyone else. This is as far from truth and humility as we get. This is what we have done from the beginning to our Native brothers and sisters, to our Black brothers and sisters when we began selling them as our slaves, how we treated descendants of Ireland and Italy with disdain. How Latinos have felt mocked, how Asians moving here are judged. White supremacy needs to end. We must move and achieve justice for ALL-regardless of our skin color.
As 2 Chronicles 14:7 states we MUST humble ourselves, and pray and seek God, so that we can be forgiven and begin to heal our land. We deserve to do this for ourselves and for everyone else in our country.