Broken hearts lie ahead

The emails are lost. The computer crashed. They are gone. There is nothing we can do about it. And since they are gone, we are not responsible for any wrongdoing that may have happened.

Some of the above may be speculation, but it may all be true. It may be that one of the most powerful branches of our government has deeply violated the very principles that provide us with freedom, liberty, security, enterprise and hope as a nation. It may be that we have witnessed a ruthless willingness to oppress, antagonize and eliminate any who oppose the liberal, godless agendas that are blossoming like never before in this country. History testifies over and over as to what happens when this train actually starts to move.

Where are equality, justice, freedom, trust and respect for all? Where did they come from, and why are they at risk now?

John Adams, in a speech to the military in 1798, warned his fellow countrymen by stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Today we are witnessing an attempt to govern an immoral and un-religious people, and we are seeing a bitter failure. Right behind the failure, we are seeing the only other alternative that works – a seizing of power by leaders. It is a given that broken hearts lie ahead. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Oh, for a benevolent dictator! But where can such be found?

The good news is that there is a solution for broken hearts. The kingdom of God is not for those who are “well,” Jesus said. It is first and foremost for those who are sick, those who are brokenhearted. Jesus’ mission statement specifically addressed those who are oppressed and suffering.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Broken hearts lie ahead. The irony is that it is only when we are broken that we are willing to turn to the God who is able to truly sponsor the hope, principles, freedom, trust and liberty we desperately long to have. Could this ship be turned around before disaster strikes? Sure it could. It simply involves us turning to our real sponsor, God almighty and his son, the Lord Jesus. The word of almighty God is engraved all over our federal buildings. It is time for it to be engraved, again, in the hearts of the people. I am trusting and praying for just that. How about you?


The Rev. John Gehman has been the pastor at Lauvers Mennonite Church for the past 20 years. Lauvers is just west of Evendale in Juniata County.