Isaiah 59:1-4,9-15

I read this passage earlier in the week, and I thought it spoke directly to the cultural and political situation in our nation today. It doesn’t apply to everyone, but we are seeing a decided rise in what is depicted here:

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken falsehood, your tongue mutters wickedness. No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, but behold, darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at midday as in the twilight; among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.

All of us growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we hope for justice, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us.

For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: transgressing and denying the Lord, and turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street, and uprightness cannot enter. Yes, truth is lacking, and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey.