Turning Around: A Suggestion

by baldilocks

There seemed to be a little hope for a while.  A minute, maybe. But now the news is filled with the horrors, as ever. Mass shootings, wars, rumors of wars, nuclear build-ups by Russia and North Korea. Overdoses, robberies, unthinkable atrocities, totalitarian property seizures with atrocities planned …

If I go on, you’ll think that this is yet another lament as to the fragility of this nation. It’s not even a lament as to the ugliness of the world.

It’s about the ugliness of the human heart. And when that ugliness goes unchecked, it becomes corporate. It goes from individual, to family, to tribe, to nation. And If you read any type of history, it’s the norm, not the exception.

And it’s fertile. It has babies and lasts through decades, generations, centuries and, sometimes, millennia – if there is nothing to cause it to come to a halt, do an about-face, and begin the trek in the exact opposite direction.

I think that this is what happen to the world when America was founded. In fits and starts, America turned human history around and morphed into a place where people could live in a little peace, based on the notion that people had a right to do so. Certainly not all Americans could count on that type of peace, but quite a few could and, even when there was injustice and oppression, America showed herself capable of turning around and marching in the other direction. Repenting. Again. And again

I think we are still capable of that, but someone needs to say it, so I will. We need to be in prayer for our country, in the name of Jesus the Christ. Like every type of seed, it starts small, then grows.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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