This story reads almost like a few of the prophets, with one notable exception: Most of the prophets’ oracles offered a glimpse of hope if they’d repent of their corruption, oppression of the poor, and violence. That hope is there, of course, even if the op-ed writer doesn’t see it.
At a time when Judah and Jerusalem were as corrupt and unjust as Detroit, this is what the Lord said to and through the prophet Isaiah:
“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
~ Isaiah 1:16-17 (NIV)
There will be no real and lasting solutions to Detroit or America’s problems without repentance. If you really want to start a grass-roots movement that makes real change, if you really want to bring people together and see transformation happen, if you really want unity across party lines, then this is how you do it. You abandon the twin idols of Money & Politics, and turn to the only God who can really help. His way forward is love, mercy, justice and humility, not PACs and under the table Union deals. That’s how we got here. His way forward has turned history upside down before, and can do it again. In Detroit, in America, in the church, in the world.
Are you in?