“We are one community,” he added. “Everything we say to try to tear people apart, demonize particular groups, set them against each other, that all has consequences, even if we’re not the ones with our fingers on the trigger.”
Those are the words of a Muslim news anchor in the aftermath of the massacre in New Zealand.
He’s right, but I doubt that his words will sway any of us to speak in a more thoughtful manner.
Neither will the fact that there are almost fifty people dead at the hands of a maniac.
It has already been stated on one network that at least politically, the killer had a point.
We will trot out the usual solutions to the carnage depending on our political views…tolerance and gun control on the left, segregation and limited immigration on the right.
None of these will work.
The Christian faith offers up it’s own solution to the ills of the world.
Please note that I did not say “love”… I said “sacrificial love”.
The love that Jesus taught presupposes a willingness to die for love of neighbor and God.
Jesus taught a paradoxical way of life in which love overcomes hate through suffering and death and then that death produces life.
This “Jesus way” strips away all earthly security and makes us utterly vulnerable to all who hate.
It invites the worst the world can do, because in absorbing the worst, the worst becomes transformed by the best.
That’s the “narrow road” and the only solution to the sin and violence in the world.
We are to love our enemies and pray for those who would do us in.
There is no other solution.
Like you, I will reject that solution.
All of the reasons I have for rejecting that solution are perfectly reasonable…if I’m a pagan.
I’m not, but I hope grace covers…
We prefer political solutions (which won’t work) because in them we have security.
Some of us are adopting a new strategy, which is simply hiding with our cats until the Second Coming or our deaths, whichever comes first.
Again, we feel secure in that.
It’s a false security.
Jesus told us about times like these.
He told us that we would have to learn sacrificial love.
We’re not ready yet.
We will be soon, whether we like are or not.
Make your own application…