We need new hearts.
Even if we righted every historic wrong, established the fairest pathways of opportunity, reformed every institution…we would still be incomplete in our pursuit of justice without one more change: a transformation of the human heart that is only possible with divine love. Yes to systemic change…and a concomitant yes to reconciliation with God and each other arising from the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. This more than a feeling…it is a metamorphosis of thinking, affections, and the will.
Lord, cleanse my heart of every hidden evil, all prejudice, and the selfishness lurking, waiting to take over in my vulnerable moments.
Lord, cleanse your church of apathy and fear, her sins of commission and omission, and help us reveal your love in how we love one another and all among us.
Lord, heal our land. Help us repent deeply, reconcile fully, and renew sustainably.
Lord, you resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. May your presence overcome polarizations. May your power overcome weaknesses. May your Passion be our pathway as we serve one another. Amen.
A sense of justice is hard-wired into the human
psyche. Without training, a three-year-old will say, “Unfair!” We are
rightly outraged at abuse, prejudice, and violence. But what about the
more daily, subtle ways unfairness comes into our lives?
colleague and I sat down with a leader and shared some of our creative
thinking for a new product. We were met with condescension and kindness
and the meeting ended well. A year later, we discovered that our ideas
had been rebranded, and met with public favor!
first responses were incredulity, anger, and resignation. It was
maddening to see another get credit and our efforts be ignored. We both
thought, “Self-denial is hard when he advances, and we are ignored.”
is frustrating when others are celebrated, and we feel unheard and
unseen. Our first reactions are not yet sins. The next moments determine
whether we wallow in self-pity or cultivate godly character. When
unfairness happens, our hidden religiosity comes to the surface.
insights help us endure these moments. First, remembering God’s mercy
in our lives helps us extend grace when life is unfair (Rom. 12:9-21).
Second, we ultimately work for One Master, who will reward more lavishly
that human leaders (Col. 3:17-25). Finally, God uses these moments for
our transformation (Rom. 8:28-39).
will be unfair. But we can turn our circumstances into character
development and wisdom. We do not celebrate victimhood; however, we can
refuse to wallow in commiseration and chose the high road of