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Everywhere I go these days, the question I seem to hear most often is, “What’s wrong today? Why the violence, the shootings, the divisions, the vitriol in our nation, our cities, our society?” I’m hardly the only one getting such questions: other spiritual leaders, teachers, politicians, parents and pundits tell me that they ask and get asked the same all the time.
I listen intently to the answers given to that plea by so many respected voices in the country. Most will rattle off the usual suspects: it’s the lousy economy, some opine; it’s all the political strife that drives us apart, others might suggest. Still others point at the lingering effects of the isolation and loneliness brought on by COVID, or the rise in drug abuse, as being at the root of our difficulties. However, as troubling as this litany might be, these are simply more symptoms of the problem, not the cause.
Let me attempt an answer, not starting with politics, the economy, or COVID, but starting with … God!
Simply put, we’re in trouble because we as a people have forgotten