Faced with government corruption today, we may question how we can sustain hope for progress. As we look for answers, many find words of encouragement in the Bible, which speaks of having hope in God when confronting life’s challenges: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God” ( Psalms 42:11 ).
Earlier this year, tens of thousands of people in Romania held almost daily protests against corruption in many cities. On weekends, the rallies were even larger.
Haven’t we all, at some point, run into questions of who we are and what our life purpose is? These are important to answer, not just for ourselves, but to offer healing in the world today. As I’ve prayed about purpose, one message that has helped me in my own life has been the idea that our job is to bless others.
As it began to lose more territory last year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State (IS) posted a 55-page document online that aims to entice Muslims to operate on its behalf—as “media operatives”—in spreading its radical and violent message in the digital universe. “Media weapons [can] actually be more potent than atomic bombs,” one passage states.
Crime has recently dropped in New York City, and some say it’s because of a shift in thinking about policing. The Monitor’ s editorial board writes: “If police view gang leaders … as capable of a life without crime, then the gang leaders might not see themselves as criminals.
It’s an odd question: Should police be fighting criminals—or crime? Yet in today’s law enforcement, such a distinction between action and actor is not seen as odd. And this might help explain why New York has achieved one of the lowest crimes rates the city has ever seen.
The editorial on the facing page tells of religious groups rallying to support a Jewish temple whose cemetery had been vandalized. The spontaneous outpouring of kindness—practical and prayerful—was an encouraging example of unity and love.
After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Missouri, in February, it wasn’t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate.
As our hearts go out to the people in Mosul, Iraq, who are trapped in areas still under the control of the Islamic State, we may wonder how we can be of help. Heartfelt prayer can not only uplift our own thoughts but also open a window of light that can embrace and bless those we’re praying for.
The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State, which began this past fall, has now become the most intense urban warfare since World War II. Street-to-street fighting in Mosul’s western and older section has put Iraqi forces to the test against ISIS fighters, who took Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014.