“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” ~C. S. Lewis
I awoke to the news of Dallas, which I am sure you have heard of. It baffles me. Not that this has happened. But how numb I’ve become to it. I didn’t shed a tear, I didn’t cry out “why”, I barley paused to reflect the tragic.
Violence has become the new norm.
So what do we do, because obviously sitting around saying of it happened again.
Though all the attacks and death, weather it’s the Dallas police, or Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, or the 49 people killed in Orlando or or, the list could go on for pages, we have become accustom to it. I know I have.
We must fight to keep this from becoming normal in our mind, fight the numbness to the pain.
In times like these hate will rise. The enemy will use every bit of this to increase hate and division. We have seen it in the past and will see it now.
How we fight hate is with love. To fight the darkness we must bring light. To fight the hate we must bring love. An unconditional love that sees no division and longs to see unity in diversity.
So what is the Christians greatest offense?
We pray. That may sound immature and simple but it is our greatest call to action. We serve a God that is all-powerful, and sovereign. In these times of trouble we must lean into Him. Nothing is out of His control.
"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." (Psalm 27:4-5)
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
Our greatest prayer and longing should be “For the kingdom to come” To bring this world from chaos to order, from suffering to Joy. That is where our hope comes from. I do not dismiss the hurting that these events have cause. The pain real. But what we know for certain is that pain is temporary and there will come a time where it is not longer. So we pray and hope for a time where there is no more death.
A time where there are no more shootings
A time where our loved ones wont die.
A time where tears won’t flow.
A time where, you no longer depressed.
A time where, love fill the air.
A time where the hardship and struggles and hurts are no more and we look in to the face of our savior knowing the pain of this world was worth it, and knowing the pain is no more.
We don’t know when that day is, but we know that it will be coming, and we hope and long for that day.
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22)
So lets pray. Pray for those hurting. Those directly affected. Those shot. Those that did the shooting. Pray for love in the midst of hate. Pray.