Monday, May 3, 2010
Seeing Our World Through His Eyes
What would we think if we saw the world we live in with the eyes of God? Would we like what we see? Would we be able to do anything about it?
I see a city that died a slow and painful death. Two divisions of an automotive company closed their doors here. Several of the buildings used by this company have been torn down and the land has set idle.
One parcel of land is used as a soccer field for children. My husband thinks this is not a good thing because of the former abuse of the land. Chemicals were disposed of into the soil.
On another large area of land, the grass grows, a miracle in itself.
When these places closed, the automotive company ‘sold’ the real estate to the city. One major issue here is the loss of tax revenue.
Because of the closing of the plants, certain businesses have closed. When I drive through town I see all these empty buildings and feel sorry for those who lost jobs because they didn’t have the traffic into their businesses. During the last mayoral election, one of the parties sent a mailing to voters, showing the closed businesses in our city. This enlarged postcard was in full color. Some of the businesses housed in these buildings had folded, others just moved down the street and built new facilities.
The schools are going through an upheaval. The enrollment keeps falling-people moving away, families choosing to send children to private schools or to home school. And the tax base of the state has decreased because of the tinkering of the property tax rate. Our governor issued a mandatory cut of the state educational budget across the board of $300 million dollars. These two facts combined led to the decision of our school board to restructure the system. There will be one high school, the closed high school shall be the junior high school. The present junior highs will become intermediate(upper grade) elementary buildings. The school corporation will close several grade schools, leaving five buildings for the lower grades. This is the second year in a row that our city has endured this process.
Let’s not forget the crimes occurring in this city. Domestic violence, Drugs, Impaired Driving, Murders, Thefts, Scams against the elderly, Stalking, Abuse of Children.
What will it take for these pictures to change for the positive? Can these trends be reversed? Do people want to change them? Or are the people taking the attitude of Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be?
We have nonprofit ministries and organizations whose goals are to help people get through their circumstances and advance in their lives. We have foundations that offer grants to groups who focus upon the needs of our citizens.
What Christians desire is to see those who don’t know God to have a relationship with Him and learn of His ways and help His Kingdom grow. We pray for revival a return to Him.