Within the last 24 hours, I have found myself “sacked” (football term) between two huge facts: the superficiality and sensuality of the Emmy Awards on one side, and on the other the National Catholic Reporter’s article indicating that deaths from suicide in this country now exceed deaths from automobile accidents.
Both of these impacts have (once again) struck me with great sadness, reminding me that we are a tragically “soul-less” society. When we care more about who is “the best and worst dressed” than we do about the character of the people wearing the clothes, we are a nation that has chosen image over authenticity. When we lose more lives to self-inflicted wounds than we do to car crashes, we are nation that has wonderful vehicles, but no place to go.
I believe God is at work in our day; in fact, I see a “fresh Wind blowing” in many places on the earth. But along with it, I see a deepening national depression as we give ourselves to things which cannot provide meaning and purpose. We have more things than ever to live “with” and fewer things to live “for.” Our houses are full and our hearts are empty.
Let’s pray that God will return us to our senses (i.e. a created instinct for God), and as we do so, let’s be particularly sensitive to ways we can support and encourage those around us, who may need a companion on the journey, an encouraging word, or a helping hand.