Can God do something about all the wicked, evil and depraved ways we hurt one another? He sure can.
In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that He better do something about it. Because if it is left up to us, I fear we will keep turning a blind eye to the injustices happening around us, or worse yet, we’ll let ourselves get upset over the wrong things.
Take the recent Jerry Sandusky/Penn State sexual scandal in recent history. One of the best critiques of the whole thing came from a guy who makes his living as a comedian. Using satire and irony, John Stewart exposes both the need for accountability (responsibility) within organizations and even “sacred” institutions (like the sex scandals plaguing religious institutions and Penn State Football program), as well as the dangerously deceptive lie of an entitlement mindset.
This is one of his more serious sketches, but he is spot on about identifying the colossal experience of Penn State rioters missing the point in weaping more over Joe Paterno being fired (entitlement) then the welfare and pursuit of justice and accountability for those young boys who were molested under his watch and with his awareness of the situation.
This is a good step. We need to take responsibility for our actions, and that includes stepping into the messy, scary and sometimes dangerous situations we find ourselves. Like when we are passing by a door and notice a grown man abusing a little boy.
But time and time again, we prove our utter inability to rise to the occassion. Our nobility loses out to our lust – for sex, for comfort, for security, for approval – and things just keep going the way they’ve always gone before.
What we most desperately need is not a “Lets do better next time.” What we need is a Savior who comes into “our can’t” and promises that “He will!” That’s the great promise of Genesis 3:15:
The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
- Genesis 3:14-15 (ESV)
And its also the great and awaited fulfilment He promises at His second coming:
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away…And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:3-5 (ESV)
As great as John Stewart’s commentary is, I think its rather this video that gives me great hope for the future: