I wrote this after events in Charlottesville. The ideas still apply. Please pray this world heals. Please do something every day to love your neighbor, who is everyone. Please pray for me, because I am praying for you.
There wasn’t much of a chance that I wouldn’t make it home safely. It just isn’t promised to me. I live in a good neighborhood; I seem to have good neighbors, even though I do not know many of them or know them well. It is nice.
But I take it for granted. It makes me comfortable, which is good and bad. My wife and kids are safe-that is good.
There are people not as lucky as I am, though. There are people that didn’t make it home safely this weekend. There are many people who risked something of themselves to save others. There are some who were victims of violence centered around particular beliefs. They didn’t make it home safely.
I believe in God. I am a Christian, which means I am an alien to this world. I am called to be a light in the world while I am here. There are good ways to do that. There are bad ways to do that.
A bad way to do that, which would not make me a positive light in the world for God, is to rage. I am so tempted to scream at people-friends, family, acquaintances. I want to call them names. I want to point fingers and place blame. But I know that won’t help. I know that will not change their minds. More importantly, that is not what God would want me to do.
A good way is to stand in the gap for someone, someone without a voice. Someone who needs help and needs to be shown God’s love.
That is everyone.
God’s love is for everyone. God’s love isn’t for me just because I’m an American. God’s love isn’t just for people of a certain skin color. God’s love isn’t just for the rich. God’s love isn’t just for the poor. God’s love isn’t just for the sick. God’s love isn’t just for the healthy.
If you’re breathing, you need God’s love. And He wants to give it to you. All you have to do is ask. And if you’re breathing, you’re to be giving love to others. You’re to be loving your neighbors, who is everyone.
I need God’s love, because I need healing from anger. I need God’s love, because I need to be reminded that we are all made in God’s image. He loves everyone as much as He loves you and me.
My pastor believes we are nearing the end times. He recently pointed out that one prophesy is nations will fight against nations. A better translation of that is ethnic groups against ethnic groups. I am not an expert, so I will defer to him, but, even without studying prophecy, I can’t deny the times we live in. I don’t think anyone can deny the hatred seen on the news or social media.
Before writing this, I spent some time in my knees in prayer, asking that Jesus’ love rise above it all. Trying times need thoughtful prayer as a place to start. I hope you may spend some time in prayer, whether you pray for the state of our country, the state of our world, or simply the state of your heart. Please pray.
God bless you, and get home safely.
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