What I Read Today:
Galatians 5; Luke 6; Ezekiel 36; Ecclesiastes 5; 1 Kings 12
We need God right now. Over the past several weeks, months, and dare I say years, we have been ripping ourselves apart.
An incident between the police and a person of color will find its way to social media. Next, we’ll see the scene replayed over and over again. If it’s a case of police brutality, we will see that scenes showed over and over again in what can only seem like an effort to inflame the anger of the people of those communities.
Then someone will light a match, and carnage will ensue. Businesses are destroyed, looting will take place, and people will be hurt.
Calls for police reform will take place, and nothing will really happen. Conservatives will scream for law and order; liberals will cry racism. This never-ending cycle that seems to have no end goes on and on.
America, we have fallen. When we treat our brothers and sisters with disdain, we have fallen. When we look at one another with fingers pointed, we have fallen. When we draw up lines against one another, we have fallen. When our politicians are more interested in seeking political advantage over the opposition party, we have fallen.
How do we overcome this problem?
Yes, I know it sounds simplistic, but we need God, and we need him right now. Church, it’s past time to wake up. We’re on the clock. It’s time to fall to our knees and beg for help from God almighty.
Just as in Ezekiel’s time, we need a movement of the Holy Spirit.
In Ezekiel 36 vs. 24-27, God says this:
“‘For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances. You will live in the land that I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will summon the grain and make it plentiful, and I will not bring famine on you. I will also make the fruit of the trees and the produce of the field plentiful, so that you will no longer experience reproach among the nations on account of famine.
“‘You will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and detestable practices. It is not for your sake that I will act—this is the declaration of the Lord God—let this be known to you. Be ashamed and humiliated because of your ways, house of Israel!
“‘This is what the Lord God says: On the day I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of everyone who passes by. They will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and demolished are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations that remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt what was demolished and have replanted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken and I will do it.
“‘This is what the Lord God says: I will respond to the house of Israel and do this for them: I will multiply them in number like a flock. So the ruined cities will be filled with a flock of people, just as Jerusalem is filled with a flock of sheep for sacrifice[h] during its appointed festivals. Then they will know that I am the Lord.'”
We need God to sprinkle the United States with Water and give us a new spirit. We need God to replace our sense of fear and loathing with a vision of compassion and understanding. We need God to pour out his spirit on America today!
But will America respond?