The nation is aflame—by the hand of a Righteous God in western woodlands and by the hands of evil men burning the heart out of our cities. The flames of hatred consume our politics and I fear the flames of forges are recasting plowshares into swords. I am old and full of years and I long for the city of God, the heavenly kingdom where no flames will exist except those of love. How long, O Lord?  

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?’” (Numbers 14:11)

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