A lasting solution

If we want a lasting solution at a national level, then we need to deal with the root of the problem. We need to do this first and foremost at a personal level.

Today’s devotional blog is from The Awakening Series.

COME LET US RETURN TO THE LORD

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

He’ll give us grace

To seek first His righteousness

He’ll give us strength

To put away wickedness

 

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

He’ll teach us how

To resist the norm

We will not bow

We’ll refuse to conform

 

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

He’ll open our eyes

To see through deception

We’ll recognize

The path to redemption

 

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

Come let us return to the Lord

And He will heal our land

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Bible Reading

“Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” (Jeremiah 13:23, NIV)

“My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts. ” ” Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.”  (Jeremiah 3:22, NIV)

“Ah sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption.” (Isaiah 1:4-5, NIV)

“I will turn my hand against you. I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities, I will restore your judges as in the days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” (Isaiah 1:25-26, NIV)

Isaiah, Jeremiah and other prophets in the Old Testament didn’t mince their words when it was time to call out sin did they? Yet  I find that what they said speaks to our current situation. Whilst we are outraged by what we see happening in the corridors of power, and among civil servants, corruption also happens right where we live and work. Here are just a few examples from my country, Kenya.

A woman, accompanied by two children walks into a hospital. At the reception desk, she identifies them as her own.  Later, the hospital finds that in reality, they were her niece and nephew. She was trying to slip under the radar and have them treated under her medical insurance.  In a ward upstairs, a patient is recovering from head injuries – the result of riding a motorbike without a helmet. He can’t go home as he has an unpaid bill, one inflated with charges for supplies and drugs that never reached him. They were sneaked out to a pharmacy nearby – a hospital employee’s ‘side hustle.’ Perhaps its payback time –  a year ago, the hospital owners bribed to get listed in the insurance company’s service provider panel.

Elsewhere, a factory burns down – investigators determine that arson is the cause, but agree with the owner to cover this up – all in exchange for a share of the insurance proceeds. A mile off,  a kiosk is doing brisk business selling pirated DVDs of popular TV series. Nearby, a teenager is selling CDs featuring popular worship tunes by the roadside. Desperate to make a sale, he shoves them in our faces through the car window, as we make our way home from church. Tempted by the incredibly low price, we give in. New clothes and accessories branded Burberry, Nike or Gucci are sold in the CBD. Once again, their attractive prices scream ‘counterfeit’,  but we pretend not to notice this contradiction, and buy them.

Injustice too, abounds. Low income workers walk long distances to their places of work – even in the rain. Their homes – shanties in some of Africa’s largest and most awful slums – testify that the minimum wage approved by the government we elected couldn’t possibly be sufficient to live on.  The alarming unemployment statistics surely justify this, we reason.  A man and his wife set up a church next door to one of the slums. A couple of years later,  their lifestyle has changed immensely, financed by sacrificial gifts from people who can barely make ends meet ( 2 Peter 2:3 ).

Just like a leopard can’t change its spots we know that it’s not possible to completely eliminate selfishness from the human heart. So we establish laws to act as boundaries, and we punish those who violate them.  But as important as punishing offenders is, it’s only a “stop gap” measure.

If we want a lasting solution to corruption and similar injustices at a national level, we need to deal with it’s root cause. We need to do this first and foremost at a personal level. God tells us that the laws He gave were intended to expose our desperate need for a Saviour ( Romans 5:20;  Galatians 3:19 ).  The prodigal son came to his senses and returned to live within the safe boundaries laid down by his father  ( Luke 15:13-24).  Given the bitter consequences of our unjust choices, isn’t it time we came to ours?  Our heavenly Father, too is waiting to forgive us and welcome as us sons and daughters. He wants to  take us through a re-birth ( Titus 3:5 ) and infuse His divine nature into us so that we can say no to corruption, deception, greed, theft, abuse of power, and inhumane treatment of each other ( 2 Peter 1:3-4 ).

The prophets’ messages were hard-hitting because sin is destructive.  But it was always balanced with a message of tremendous hope.  Rather than just one negative headline after another,  there is good news that we need to hear again and again! The good news is that God is in the business of changing people. And that as we let Him change us, our country will, also, truly change. And that is how He will heal our land.

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4 thoughts on “A lasting solution

  1. I do not get enough time to read your poems much, but I am so thankful I read this today. I am a police officer in the US. I see many who are spiritually poor and this was a reminder to pray for them as I meet them!

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