We’ve just gone ballistic. Between World Vision and the Supreme Court case with Hobby Lobby, we’re just plain nuts.
I’ve done all I can to just read and evaluate and pray… but we’re just going nuts.
As I sit here watching Facebook and Twitter just explode with anger (as it did yesterday with the first World Vision decision), what has been lacking is any type of prayer. Even on my part. I am not more holy.
But I cannot jump into this melee.
So if no one else is willing to stop and repent… of the vitriol and so much more… I will.
In a famous letter to the editor in the time of G.K. Chesteron, a newspaper asked in an editorial, “What is the trouble with the world?”
Chesterton wrote this back, “Dear sirs, I am.”
We are blowing up at each other in the body of Christ. What is the trouble?
I submit: I am.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He has not dealt wit us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Episcopal Book of Common Prayer
Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son.
Book of Common Worship,
Louisville: Westminster/John Know Press, 1993