Whenever calamity strikes, it is a common practice for people to search for a scapegoat, somebody to pin the blame on. No matter the situation, someone is usually singled out as the responsible party. It appears that by identifying a culprit in every tragedy, we are rewarded with a sense of comfort on some emotional level.
This theme has become such a regular occurrence in our society when we are faced with challenging events, that we’ve almost got it down to a science. Think about it. When there is a natural disaster resulting in several fatalities, God is blamed. Or, if an unarmed minority is gunned down in the streets by the police then racism is the blame. And there are hundreds of examples on many different levels that subscribe to this practice. But do we ever stop to consider the possibility that in playing the blame game, our accusations are misplaced? Or perhaps our energy is misguided? Could this be the reason why our outrage and our cries of injustice often times seem to go unheard? These are questions we might want to consider when evaluating the temperature in our current social climate.
No matter how out of hand things appear to be, we must remember that God has established every natural law and He will never violate His own decrees. We have also become so isolated in our thinking that we no longer view humanity as one great collective, but as just a group of individuals. Actually, when a person dies in a tragedy or someone is dealt with unjustly, rarely is there only one individual to blame. The seeds that we all sow in the earth will always produce a harvest after its own kind. Therefore, if sin is running rampant all around us, we can be certain that at some point, sinful seeds were sown. Instead of harboring on the consequences of such seeds, let’s concentrate on creating an environment that refuses to feed those seeds. We are told in Ephesians 6:12 that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but rather against spiritual forces of wickedness in high places. Instead of aiming venom toward one another, we should focus on introspection, which requires us to humble ourselves. Humility changes our vantage point, enabling us to shake the gloomy spirit that now hovers above our society.
God has laid out the plan for every nation that seeks a spiritual rebirth. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, He told Solomon, “if my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” If we too decide to follow this blueprint, then we will restore our position as one nation under God and He will indeed heal our land.