And yet… “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8
Our country is reeling from racial strife, an economic blow from a pandemic, and uncertain and tentative recovery plans, and yet we continue on.
Our country has a shameful history of racial oppression, toward African-Americans, Native Americans, Japanese internment during World War II, and toward other minority groups. Early immigrants to America faced discrimination and persecution before finally being assimilated into mainstream culture, and yet we survived and thrived.
Our legal system has been co-opted at various points in history so that it denied justice to people of color or people with little means, and yet we maintain an openness in that judicial process that many in the world envy.
We are seeing upheaval and demonstrations in the streets of American cities, which at times became over the line in violence, and yet, they have by and large been peaceful, attended by people of all races, colors, and age.
We are beset by social media inflamed by emotions, which has truth mixed in with error, assumptions, and downright lies, and yet, our freedom of speech principle survives as a beacon for the world.
We have strayed far from being the beacon on the hill envisioned by early immigrants to the “New World” centuries ago, and yet, this country has stood as the hope of democracy for a world that still yearns for the freedoms we enjoy.
Yes, our country is flawed suffering, and yet, America endures the pain, recognizes past sins, and holds hope for overcoming those sins.
So, we grieve the injustices of our past. We humbly and collectively ask God for forgiveness, and we name the demon of racism. Now we can, if we so determine, begin work together to cast it out.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this country we love. We are flawed and yet hopeful because of your love for us, Amen