We mourn our country. This society is so desperately ill, so sick and so sad, it feels like a death watch, making funeral plans. Even a trip to the grocery delivers a view to the slog of the disoriented and disheveled.
It’s not just the state of the country, but the state of the world.
Gruesome executions by the state in Arabia and by criminals in Mexico out-terrorize the heinous event at Sandy Hook. Be-headings of school girls in Indonesia and Sri Lanka appear commonplace with so many others worldwide these last 15 years.
And then there are the 55 million Americans who never saw the light of day, a mother’s smile, or a father’s embrace.
The misery of the world increases daily: 70,000 slaughtered here, many thousands more there, children neglected and abused, women mutilated, and boys sodomized. The likelihood of global war is a growing probability on a number of fronts. Restraint is as rare as common courtesy.
In the middle of all this murder and mayhem, what is the top issue for the talking heads on the major networks on Sunday morning?
- Homosexual marriage.
- The state of the Republican Party.
- Erotic romance novels.
- Rap music.
- Chic atheism.
There are so many important topics to address, but those who control the message choose sideshows and pablum. They smile and deliver their lines as if spontaneous, occasionally revealing deep arrogance behind the façade of gracious concern.
As celebrities lose their grip, lashing out and condemning anyone holding opposing views, heads of state appear wobbly, and others press for control at all costs. There is a general sense things are becoming unraveled, and no one can do a thing about it.
Through it all, there is One who has all power. He reigns as always from the seat of justice, love, mercy, and compassion. His love is so great He willingly sacrificed Himself for us. His grinding torment and humiliation finally ended when His great heart burst under the burden of sin and separation, His crowning joy the resurrection of all things as they were meant to be.
The next time you despair, remember His words and accept His invitation to eternal life.
“Fear not. For I am with you, even to the end of the age.”
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television, and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Ten years ago, he started his own training and recruitment company in the Pacific Northwest. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is also the author of “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012.