I’m glad to see this letter in today’s paper, because I agree with the opinion as captured in the headline it was given. I’m also intrigued to see a second letter in as many weeks reference the same Bible passage, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
The passage reads: “If my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
You don’t have to be a believer to get the gist of the passage. It says that the virtues of humility, duty and right behavior earn their reward. Even as a secular conception, the idea is a good one.
But why the public attention to this particular passage at this particular time? It might be that apocalyptic fear is on the rise in Hampton Roads, prompting some members of our community to share the antidote they personally have found. But, at another extreme, it might be that a God-drunk cult of gun-toting white supremacists has formed a knitting circle in our midst to churn out proselytizing LTEs.
I couldn’t possibly say, and the more I think about it, the less the reasons seem to matter. I’m left in the end with the notion that the spiritual and the material are more the same than different.