What will heal our land?
Anger won’t. Anger may be justified. It may be warranted. It may be necessary. But, by itself, it will heal nothing.
Protests won’t. Whether peaceful or violent, they don’t have the power to change anything.
A different president won’t. Sorry. You can change presidents a thousand times, and you’ll still have murder, racism, hatred, and police brutality. These evils cannot be elected away.
Some say love will heal our land. But that’s not a workable solution because we as a people don’t have the power to love. Yet.
Our land will not be healed until we begin to see with a different set of eyes. Specifically, we need God’s perspective.
I don’t mean someone’s opinion of God’s perspective. I don’t mean listening to some preacher.
I mean we—each of us—must take all that is churning and boiling inside and everything connected to it directly to God Himself and ask Him what He wants us to know.
Until we see ourselves, each other, and the world we have created through God’s eyes, nothing will change. Apart from that, all of our “solutions” will be tainted with false narratives and broken thinking. But transformative paradigm shifts from God Himself will heal you and me, our homes, our communities, our systems, our world.
This, by the way, is why I don’t let other people do my thinking for me. Leaders—Black or White, commentators—Democrat or Republican, may have good ideas. I will pause. I will listen. I will consider. But I will not swallow. Instead, I will take their thoughts back to the only Person in the universe who is objective, and ask Him.
Groupthink frightens me because it opens the door to every kind of evil including racism.
Murder is evil. Racism is evil. Police brutality is evil. Many other things are evil. But we will not fix these things until we fix ourselves, and we cannot do that until we step into the Light.