Dear Woke Christian,

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 This one is fun. In the early ’90s Gospel songs were made from this verse and I still hear it in my head now as I write this. 

There is a level of truth to this verse being applied today. However, the text is clearly speaking to a specific group at a specific time. That being said can and will God bless the humble and contrite, yes. Does that mean He’ll also heal and bless our land? I am going to say no. 

But let’s say that this is a 100% promise for the modern era. We have been given permission to cry out over racism and expect God to forgive us and bless us. Do you honestly think that God is more concerned about “racism” as He is about abortion? Do you think the “wicked ways” talked about here are paying a black man less than a white man, but NOT the fact that our welfare system is cruel to the poor? Even if I were willing to concede “racism”, there is no way that what we call racism is even on the same plain as many more gross sins. 

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 is a wonderful passage and though I believe it has some application to our modern context, we’d be much better off with a passage like Psalm 51 and repenting for our own sin knowing that God is faithful and will not turn away anyone who comes to him in repentant faith. 

Ephesians 1:3-10 is a more modern promise and more applicable to our day. That takes nothing from 2 Chronicles.