“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
— Micah 6: 8
Since 2006, America has seen a 67 percent increase in the number of homeless children. We’ve reached a point where 2.5 million children under age 18 are without a permanent roof over their heads–far more than ever before.
Such unacceptable social ills have somehow become acceptable in a country where there is no shortage of citizens who identify as Christians.
We are good at deluding ourselves into thinking that we as Christians are Christian enough if we believe in God and if we do good for needy folks come Thanksgiving and Christmas.
(Isn’t it strange how our good American hearts feel so strangely warmed during the holidays, when we’re suddenly motivated to love the poor and homeless and do something for them in that brief season.)
Whatever we are doing in terms of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting those who are sick and in prison–whatever we are doing to call out social injustice and build a more just society–we are clearly not doing what God requires of us, either as individual Christians or as a nation.
The statistics on homeless children alone are evidence enough of how short we’ve fallen in the God’s all-seeing eyes.
Open our eyes to the plight that you see as unacceptable.
Open our ears to the cries of those suffering the endless pressures and indignities of homelessness.
Help us to be mindful of your requirements to do justice as well as to love kindness and walk humbly.
Help us to be cheerful givers and doers as well as speakers of your word.