Read: Psalm 23:4-6
The political climate in this country has become so toxic that the country is left deeply divided. Corrupt officials no longer show any degree of shame when their dark deeds are brought to light. Instead, they seem to take pride in what should be their shameful acts.
On January 6, 2021 the world watched as a mob attacked the United States Capital, while the elected officials were conducting their constitutional duty. They attacked innocent police officers who were doing their jobs (killing some), and did damage to the Capitol building. To the world’s horror, executive leadership who did nothing to discourage the assault on democracy, felt no shame in saying these are good people.
Our scripture today asks us not to secretly get involved in negative and destructive work. Whatever we do should be done aboveboard with full disclosure and transparency. So let's not be asleep to what is happening around us and let's stay informed and uphold the right. Let us not just sit back and be dead to what is happening around us, let us wake up and rise up and let the light of Christ shine through us as we call for justice, peace, and righteousness and give hope that there is still good and we can achieve it together in love.
Dear God, there was no promise that our life would be without challenges, so when the cares of life makes us feel boxed in and ebbs away at our hope, we ask you to revive us with new strength to rebuild our confidence in you, and raise our hope as we continue on our faith journey. Amen.