It’s easy to be numb to the hurts of others.
We are so saturated with daily tragedies, oftentimes we don’t even allow the weight of them to settle over us.
This most recent, senseless, tragedy has really struck me.
How can anyone hate anyone because of their skin?
Many of you just rolled your eyes or threw a ten foot wall up, determined to read the next words I write with a mixture of skepticism and superiority. I understand. But I hope you’ll keep reading anyway.
The truth, one that most want to or choose to ignore, is that we are not born inherently good. Quite the opposite. We are born with this disease called sin.
It is a nature that is easily manipulated and angered, is self-seeking, impulsive, and senseless.
And sin only gets worse when a group of like-minded people, agreeing on the wrong thing get together.
They may have called themselves Christian, but you and I know that isn’t true.
Once, the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out a demon through the power of the Devil and His response was this:
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
Jesus was not the agitator of such mindless violence. That would be a division of His house. No, there is a clear instigator relishing in this disgusting display. And he is all the more pleased to see it done in the name of Jesus.
Sometimes I wonder if we all read the same Bible.
Because it is made absolutely clear to love your neighbor as yourself. Not based on the color of their skin or the location of their home or how many miles are on their car.
We can all stand here and criticize and rant and rave about how unbelievably ignorant these events were. And I’m not minimizing the loss. It’s heavy. And so unnecessary.
But anger and blame does nothing to fix the problem.
Love your neighbor.
Help someone in need.
Regardless of color. Regardless of nationality.
I know, people can be really, really hard to get along with sometimes. We are all so very different. I’m not asking you to neglect yourself or neglect your family. But I’m sure we can all agree we spend a lot more time thinking about ourselves and our own problems than we do wondering how we can help others.
The only way to combat hate is through love.
Jesus allowed Himself to be gruesomely tortured and killed with that very knowledge in mind.
I realize some people like the idea of Christianity until “radical” ideas like the Devil, sin, and a resurrected Savior are spoken of as though they were actually real. But I won’t apologize.
Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life.
He is the only one with enough love to starve the darkness.
And He loves me.
Again I say, let’s all put on love.