Monday, June 16, 2014
Man's inhumanity to man
Sometimes all the stuff going on in the world seems distant. It's not here. It's not now. But sometimes all of man's inhumanity to man is overwhelming and I cry to the LORD, "how long!" There once was a shooting at a high school and all the world was shocked at what happened there. Two cold and detached young men killed a crowd of innocents... and we asked how could this have happened? Since then there have been so many random acts of violence, we are no longer shocked... We just hope we are not the ones in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Stop selling guns!" we cry. But that doesn't address the problem. I'm thinking of the mass stabbings that have happened where guns are harder to come by. Or even the damage done by bombs made of crude, easy to purchase parts. The problem isn't about people's ability to kill, it is about their willingness, even hunger to do so. Please, somebody, tell me what is causing that?
People are precious, children are amazing! Life is of more value than we could ever comprehend. Luke 12:7 says, "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows." It's the truth... a very important truth. You are priceless! And so is the one standing next to you. That man who is disrespectful to you? Ya, he has value. The one that cut you off at the grocery store line? She does too. Perhaps she just left her son at the cancer ward in the hospital and is trying to pick up some things to feed the rest of her family before returning. Perhaps she is too full of her own problems to care... Perhaps she just doesn't have a reason to care. Perhaps, if she knew someone cared, it would make a difference. I wonder, can we battle random acts of evil with random acts of kindness? Perhaps it's time to try.
Today, I choose not to lose hope. I choose to believe that good is way stronger than evil. I choose joy, I choose grace, I choose life. Today, I choose to be kind.
Please, let's talk about kindness. Did you do something brave today that was a kindness to someone else? Leave a comment. Let's talk about it.