Many years ago I wrote the following piece and turned it into a poem called, Metanoia For the Modern World. It was first posted in 2014.
Are we praying for ways to redeem the world or planning ways to destruct it?
Remember Saul on the road to Damascus. God stopped him in his tracks on that hot, dusty road and struck him first with blindness and then with metanoia, a change of heart.
Saul the persecutor became Paul the saint.
God can do that in today’s world too.
World leaders need to do some soul-searching as did Saul. Are they interested in peace or is power their real agenda?
If it is a power struggle, God, as he did with Saul, will have the final say.
The world is getting a wake-up call.
Perhaps the energy spent on threats would pay better dividends if used for promoting peace.
Who is perceived to be the most powerful? Let them put that power to use constructively rather than destructively.
God can change the hearts of ordinary people also.
Let us each leave our own little world, the world of personal, pithy, private life and step into the big picture.
Let us all step onto the road to our own Damascus and experience metanoia.
The time has come.