As I’ve reflected on the brokenness and division that’s erupted in our world lately, I’ve found myself crying out for justice. I long to see the narrative of redemption and restoration reign across the edges of our earth, because that’s not what I’m seeing when I look at the news or open up social media. How do I respond to the pain and inequity ever unfolding before us?
As we find ourselves living in this tension, it becomes more and more evident that we are created to long for God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). In fact, this is in our nature as human beings, as sons and daughters of Christ! The Bible says, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits – we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:22-23). All of creation groans, longing for redemption. My own longing for redemption was stirred up as I considered the brokenness of the societal structures that are said to promote “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”