This past week has been trying for my home country. A lot of tragedy has taken place and there is so much anger and grief. So many statuses crying out in prayer and mourning. These are not wrong. It is biblical to cry out in our dark places and ask why. Why is this happening now? Orlando, Dallas, Minnesota, Georgia. It’s painful to read about, to hear about, from so far away.
I feel a little useless and I’m not sure what to do. But it’s during times like these that we who are seemingly unaffected are called to love those who are in the thick of it. That means walking hand-in-hand with those in their grief and letting them know that we stand with them. It doesn’t matter if you have personal issues with those involved. It doesn’t matter if they are lashing out. They’re grieving and we are called to love them and to stand with them. That’s what Jesus did.
Shortly after the shooting in Orlando, I was shocked by the responses on Facebook. People turned it into an agenda screaming for one side or the other of the homosexual political debate. Since when is it ever okay to turn something so horrific into an agenda? I honestly wasn’t sure what to say or do, so I just loved and prayed the best I could. I can’t speak to the shooter’s motives; whether he was ISIS or just a confused man. And it’s not that it doesn’t matter. The point is that it happened, and there were so many hurting people desperate for comfort and love. It’s the same with these recent police shootings. For those that are combating the #blacklivesmatter with #alllivesmatter…of course all lives matter. But why would you stand there and debate something so petty when people are hurting? When they need love?
Maybe I’m way off base, but isn’t it our job, as Christians, to show love no matter what? Whether they are “wrong” or “right” shouldn’t matter, because they are in pain and we are called to be there for them and walk with them through it.
And that’s all I have to say…