Over that last few years, I have heard stressed urban communities like Original Aurora, Colorado described as “God forsaken”. Just recently I’ve been reminded of the truth. Those places may be church forsaken, they may be government forsaken, they may be opportunity forsaken… but they are not God forsaken. I guess I know why people might feel that way: compared to neighboring communities unemployment is higher, graduation rates are lower, crime is higher, poverty is more pronounced. But those facts don’t prove God’s disinterest in the community but rather show God’s careful and focused attention. Remember that the Bible says “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14).
What an honor it is to have the call and opportunity to partner with God in a place that has His careful attention. It may be a place that has been forsaken by some – but don’t put God into that category, it simply is not true.