Continuing the discussion from What counsel do you have for American Christians during our present crisis?:
I would like to explore how Isaiah 59:1-15 applies to Christians in crisis. This passage is the first in a series of Bible readings about truth that I recently started. It is written to the “house of Jacob” (Isaiah 58:1, ESV), but I believe that its principles apply to all believers in Christ.
The passage is filled with anguish. It starts with:
It then describes the iniquity that separates from God: bloody hands, lying tongues, unjust lawsuits, legal entrapment; injustice, blindness, moaning, lying. It ends:
This is not really an end, but a transition into a prophecy about the Saviour. This scene wrenches my heart, though. Two passages particularly stand out for me:
Much more lay between these excerpts. These are just the words that hit me like bricks because they closely parallel what I personally am observing around me. My spirit has been moaning and groaning a lot lately. I mourn injustice and legalism. I see a lot of pain and hatred. I think that if we examine our respective worlds, however, we will find that this stems from denial of the Truth–turning from God and seeking our own ways. I know that I have experienced the most personal misery when I have done this.
What does this passage say to you? What sins may be causing you and the people around you to suffer the anguish that you see? What does this passage imply to you about the solution to the problem of systemic sin?