Urban prescription for a time such as this: 2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a biblical prescription for the troubled urban core waiting to be dispensed African-Americans who have been tricked to deny the Word of God, are an enormous part of the problem regarding urban
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a biblical prescription for the troubled urban core waiting to be dispensed
African-Americans who have been tricked to deny the Word of God, are an enormous part of the problem regarding urban woes; 2 Chronicles 7:14, is precise!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
But we can’t see the forest for the trees. With literally hundreds of thousands of Black churches in our midst in the urban core, why hasn’t this scripture resonated? Do pastors even preach/teach it, anymore? 2 Chronicles 7:14 is certainly, unequivocally for a time such as this!
African-Americans who have turned from the bible, denying it is inerrant and that an all-wise God is a fable, are hoodwinked. There are truths we do believe in — a blazing sun 93 million miles away that warms and nourishes our planet, air, and the wind we cannot see, yet we embrace their authenticity; water that sustains all life for which we cannot duplicate, incalculable grains of sand and stars — yet we embrace their truth. But many deny the Almighty God who manifested these seeming impossibilities.
If we do not believe in Him, then 2 Chronicles 7:14 is but a fable. The truth about the scripture, however, it is the right prescription for today, 2016.
God is no respecter of persons. What He will do for one, He will do for another. This writer likes to use South Korea as an example of God’s grace. At the end of the Korean Conflict that ended in a stalemate in 1953, that separated the Korean Penisula into two nations — communist North Korea and democratic South Korea, today, both were in utter ruin.
South Korea was set back 100 years. But the 5,000-year-old state was one sovereign nation before the conflict broke it in two, adhered to Buddhism. After Christian missionaries seeded Christianity there in 1885, a century later Christianity was one-quarter of South Korea and a shining economic miracle, while the north remained disheveled.
Seoul to Soul
The most prominent of its clerics, the Rev. David Yonggi Cho, pastor and founder in 1958 of the largest church on Earth, the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, boasting 480,000 members, attributes the miraculous turnaround to 2 Chronicles 7: 14.
Almighty God manifested the miracle that Buddha could not.
In a trip to South Korea in 1985 to cover a two-week groundbreaking cultural excursion by a delegation of Black pastors from Los Angeles on invitation by the South Korean government, initially, I wondered about the significance of the trip.
It didn’t take a long time for that significance to sink in: What God did for South Korea, He could and would do for South Los Angeles, and South Oakland, South Chicago, South Bronx, and any other urban enclave in America — if His people there would embrace 2 Chronicles 7: 14.
That includes Compton, too.