Wednesday is for Prayer
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4 So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
. (Habakkuk 1:2-4, ESV)
With every election cycle, every new law and act of the legislature, every new pronouncement of the governor, every new decision of the Supreme Court, it becomes clear that we are living in a “Habakkuk kind of world” which is to say, a world gone mad. Other people in other countries and cultures have lived in Habakkuk situations but the last 20 years seem to be an accelerated devolution into perversion for our nation.
The canary in the mine happened further back. When the highest court in the land declared Roe v. Wade the law of the land, justice for a future 53 million children and counting was perverted. Yesterday, when the governor signed the legislature’s same-sex marriage bill into law, “the wicked surrounded the righteous.” With every new mass shooting, every new episode of senseless violence, the cry of God’s people becomes more intense.
Where will it end?
It will end in judgment.
It is only a matter of time. We don’t know when. We don’t know how. But as sure as the sun rose this morning, God will judge the nation that makes its laws in defiance of His word.
Christians have a complicated new path to walk. Respecting authority, obeying the law just became more difficult despite the hollow proclamations of those who supported the bill. But some things are still clear and without ambiguity.
God is still God. We are still His. And He will not let us go.
“Father, the state of Illinois and the nation continues to drift farther and farther from You. With Habakkuk, we cry out, “How long O God?” Lord, make us men and women who love our neighbors including the governors and congressman and senators who shake their collective fists at Your will and word. Help us to proclaim with boldness the greatness of Your forgiveness, if they would but turn, repent of sin and believe in You. In wrath, remember mercy. In Jesus name, we ask this, Amen.”