This week in the Capital of the United States, we witnessed the unthinkable. I don’t need to go into the details. Undoubtedly you saw what happened and like me, it broke your heart. I watched as friends and colleagues in ministry rightfully expressed their anger and frustration at what was happening in Washington. Honestly, I had to bite my tongue on more than one occasion as I tried to process the scene. But the more I reflected, the more I began to ask myself how we ended up in this situation in the first place and, just as importantly, how in the world are we going to move forward! It was in that moment that I realized Proverbs 6 can be of great help to us.
The father praises the virtues of honesty and hard work! If you want to live well in this world, then you must be willing to work. Friends, our democracy is fractured and there is much work to be done. As followers of Jesus Christ, part of our role in the world is to work, by the power of the Spirit, to make the world a kinder, richer, and more graceful place for all people. As I think about the scene we watched in our nation’s Capital, we have much work to do over the coming weeks and months.
Next, and most importantly for our current moment, the father pleads with his son to live a life of honesty. Read verses 16-19 and pray about the state of our country. We are now bombarded on a daily basis with half-truths and political spin from every angle. People no longer know who to trust and the ability to live well is being fractured in the process. God, and I quote, “hates a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (6:19). That is a strong word that needs to be heard all across our nation….and also in the church of Jesus Christ!
Wisdom can be ours, my brothers and sisters, but we must begin by being people who are honest, with ourselves and with God. We can live well in this world, but there is still a great deal of work to be done. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get started!
I hope to see you tomorrow,