“Let us pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.” – C.S. Lewis
The news has been so hard to stomach lately.
I am usually one to stay on top of current events, and enjoy staying informed so I can discuss ideas and (thoughtful and open) opinions with others.
But the past few months…well, let’s be honest, the past YEAR…it’s hurting my heart to stay up-to-date.
It doesn’t mean I want to hide under a rock. Although, wouldn’t that be lovely…blissfully unaware…
No. Because I’m in this world, but I’m not of it. I need to know what’s going on around me so I know how to pray, how to feel for those who are hurting so badly. My job is to LOVE, and that is all.
But this is not all there is to life. Thank you, Jesus, for the promise of a life beyond what we know here on this earth.
I had to remind myself of this the other night as news continued to flood in about the terrorist attack in Vegas. I admit, it was the first time the news drew me to tears. I’m pretty good about separating myself emotionally, but this time, it was rough.
So senseless. So wrong. So evil.
And the outrage I have felt towards fellow “Christians” who want to be the first to jump on the bandwagon of “Well, the Bible says, in the last days…” or quoting scripture about God’s punishment…
It’s had me up in arms spiritually, emotionally, and making me physically ill.
Brothers and sisters, STOP QUOTING GOD OUT OF CONTEXT.
Can we please stop making Jesus look like a joke with the way we post and rant and argue behind social media screens? Can we please act in love? Pray for the hurting? Be heartbroken for the senseless tragedy of an evil man doing an evil thing that will have lasting effects on not only those immediately impacted, but our world at large?
Realize that everything that happens (Vegas, Puerto Rico, Houston, Mexico, North Korea, the Middle East, and on and on and on…) could actually just be part of living in this broken, messed up, sin-saturated world? Just like people who were quick to judge my cancer on “unrepentant bitterness” and “unforgiveness” in my life…
Speaking for God is dangerous.
So stop thinking you have a scripture for that. An answer for every problem.
You aren’t God. So stop being His mouthpiece.
Lord, break our hearts for what breaks Yours. Convict us of our damning self-righteousness. Remind us that we are JUST AS BROKEN as the evil in this world, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF JESUS, we have been washed clean and made whole in You.
We don’t deserve the beauty of grace. But the same God who offers us mercy and healing is the same God who is grieving over the darkness and pain in this world.
Grieving. Offering hope to a dying world. Preparing to return and doing things behind the scenes of our puny little lives here on this earth that we can’t even imagine or comprehend. Yes, He calls us to repentance. To turn away from our sin in the light of Truth and forgiveness. But that’s is for HIM TO JUDGE, between Himself and the individual.
Because He is God. And we are not. And it is NEVER, EVER our place to think we actually know God’s motives.
How blatantly and despicably prideful of us!
So, if you want to act on God’s behalf, pray. Pray for the families whose lives are forever changed by tragedy. Help your neighbor, right where you are. Stand up for injustice in your community. Be a light in your sphere of influence. Start with your family.
Start with yourself. Remind yourself of the darkness from which you’ve been saved. Let God change your heart to be like His own.
In the words of Kendrick Lamar….“Sit down, be humble.”