The problem isn’t guns.
Or gay marriage
Or global warming
It isn’t the education system
Or affordable health care
Or Facebook and Twitter
It’s a heart problem.
Hearts that refuse to share, care, give and open.
Hearts that would rather blame and name than accept and forgive.
Selfish hearts whose vocabulary seems to repeat a single word over and over: Mine.
Too simplistic, this notion the problem is in our hearts?
“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 521
Forgive us, O God.
Forgive your people who have let pride, selfishness, hate and greed take your place in our hearts.
Forgive our motives that are marked by political jargon and self-advancement.
Forgive our church talk that sounds like ‘we’re in and everyone else is out’.
Forgive our complacency.
‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ Acts 13:22
“Don’t keep looking at my sins—erase them from your sight. 10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.” Psalm 51:9-10