While everyone in America seems to be looking exclusively to politics to heal us, I think there’s hope for us in a source far more powerful, faith.
Take, for instance, an ancient piece of advice embedded in the Hebrew scriptures, “know that the Lord is God; he made us and we belong to him.” (Psalm 100:3, ERV)
You might have missed a powerful word if you read the verse too quickly, “we belong to him.”
Many people feel lost, but the truth of this verse offers us hope. Since March, there has been a considerable rise in those Americans dealing with mental health challenges brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic. One study found the prevalence of depression symptoms has increased three-fold during Covid-19. Another found that more than half of adults aged 50 or older say they feel isolated – doubling a 2018 poll. A third report indicates suicides among active duty U.S. Army members have increased.
The truth is that our nation is not only facing a global pandemic and a raucous presidential election, but also a loneliness epidemic that is crushing spirits and driving many into social and emotional isolation. The emotional toll has certainly given oxygen to everything else that divides us.
The vaccine for Covid-19 may be forthcoming, but that won’t cure our loneliness epidemic; we also need to recover our sense of belonging, and it begins with remembering that every single one of us has the blessing of having in our heart the same divine spark. We are made in the very image of God, and we belong to him.
This is our common heritage – a heritage that powerfully transcends those characteristics that make our nation and our faith so beautifully diverse: our cultures, genders, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It’s time to return to this transcendent and unifying principle as a basis to understand what also makes us uniquely and spectacularly different from one another.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Gash