The book of Lamentations in the Bible finds itself on the heels of the destruction of Jerusalem. It was one of the most traumatic seasons in the life of God's people.
Differing from Job and Psalms, Lamentations is recognized as God's judgement on spiritual, moral and social deterioration. (Not too different from today's day in our nation.)
And through it all, God remains silent. Why? What is there for us to learn today?
- Perhaps God really is silent for a moment to lend His full listening ear to our lament without interruption.
- Maybe His willful silence is to let the truth found in Scripture ring true in our lives.
- Perhaps His silence is only found in our own.
- Or even better, maybe His voice can still be heard in the lives of His children.
This past week's tragic events in our nation should teach us at least this: @@the absence of lament in our leadership isn't a sign of strength; it's a destructive denial.@@
This is the Church's opportunity to not airbrush over our reality, but rather to paint in great detail our laments through prayer and song.
What if our nation, cities and neighborhoods were waiting for us to admit our contribution to our world's deterioration and to plead for forgiveness?
What if our greatest act of leadership was our honest lament?
What if our first protest was a plea for forgiveness?
I'll go first. Or at least try:
God, forgive my indifference to social injustice.
Forgive my judgement towards my moral oppositions.
And forgive my hatred toward my spiritual adversaries.
For I am not better than they. Just different.
Restore my hands for justice.
Return my mind to humility.
Renew my soul with love.