“And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity.” Matthew 24:12
Father, we lift our nation up to you. Father, we ask for you to forgive us for our iniquities as a nation. Lord, we have blasphemed Your mighty name. We have turned our backs on our statues and mocked those who stood for truth. We have forced You out of our public schools and institutions in the name of equality and separation of church and state. We need You in our nation again. We need Your love to come in and flood our hearts. We need Your eyes to see the depravity in this world. For what we are too blind to see we will inevitably run into. Lord, may our love not grow cold. Fill us. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
Hallerin Hilton Hill, a popular radio personality, spoke at my church last Sunday as a guest speaker. He shared his heart and love for this nation and encouraged us during this time in which our nation has endured several sad occurrences recently with tragic loss of life. One statement he shared was his father’s advice to him as his father was in his final days on earth. He said this:
“Remember the answer to everything is love.”
In our nation, we are in a crisis of loveless-ness. We are in a crisis of disrespect and disregard for human life. We have forgotten the commandments Jesus gave when on the earth:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.
Two commands. That’s it. All the others hang in the balance of these two. A friend of mine, who is also a very gifted and anointed worship leader wrote these words that beautifully illustrates this point:
“If we see ourselves as unworthy of love, we see others as unworthy of love also. But if we see that He is crazy for us, we will love ourselves as well, and in return love others with the same crazy, extravagant, gracious love. I believe America is broken and hurting, and in search of her true identity…If we would fix our eyes back on Jesus, we would learn how to love ourselves and how to love others, and in doing so would end this nasty epidemic of hate that seems to be rooted so deep in this land. May authentic love be rooted once again in this country and in the Church, but most of all may it start with me.” -Ashlynn Bolding
Amen and amen.
I pray we would not get calloused as a nation to the terror and fear that has happened recently. This is not the norm in our nation, nor should it be the accepted as commonplace anywhere. Having disregard for human life should never be the norm.
Devaluing human life cannot and should not be ignored. We have all been created in the image of God, no matter the age, color, ethnicity, religion, background, education or socioeconomic status. We are His image bearers, and as such, we are violently hated by the enemy of this world. This enemy has one mission, and that is to kill, steal and destroy.
We have one mission given to us by our Creator, and that is to love, all people. May we never become indifferent to human lives lost no matter the cause or circumstance and may our love never grow cold.