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Last week our nation lost two moral compasses on the same day. C.T. Vivian and John Lewis both were preachers, both fought in the struggle for civil rights, both shed blood for the nation with hope that America could live up to what was put forward in the nation’s founding documents. Both men experienced the heartbreak of a nation that continued to fall short of their hope but neither man gave up on that hope or the nation.
In many way C.T. Vivian and John Lewis were like the prophet Hosea who lived the experience of a nation and a family that fell short of his hopes for them but would not give up on them.
Hosea went as far as the slave market to buy back the wife who had deserted him and the children. Hosea placed nothing over the importance of getting his wife back even if it meant losing everything he had of economic value. He paid some in grain, some in money and some in wine. Hosea did not say a word to Gomer about what she had done to bring her to the auction block nor did he blame her for what it cost him to get her back.
Hosea provided what the Hebrews call lovingkindness. Lovingkindness is never an emotion, it is always a deed that tells the story of what we will do for love’s sake.
By going home with his wayward wife, Hosea told the nation to return to the Lord. Although the nation had suffered for its rebellion, God was waiting to heal her if she would but return to him. The healing that God offers is complete. The Lord will bind up, revive and raise up in order that the nation might live and live in ways that are fruitful and joyful.
But it can only happen when we return to him. Hosea is calling upon the nation to repent, for in repentance they will find healing, help and hope.
C.T. Vivian and John Lewis called upon their nation to repent as well, for in repentance there is healing, help and hope. May we heed their call as they rest in peace.
Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 9:39 AM EDT