I am so saddened at what has happened to those beautiful people in Charleston, SC. I’m angry. And to top it off, now I get to see the media circus ensue whenever I happen to look.
What should my response be in my tiny corner of the world? Now before I rattle my list off – that’s fine if yours is different. It’s even fine if you disagree with what I say. I’m simply here stating my personal response to having seen such a horrific act of hate and murder.
- As a Christian, I am told the World will hate me for my beliefs.
- As a white person, I am exempt from so many layers of hurt that others must deal with because of their skin color.
- My job is to be the best light I can be wherever I’m at.
- I am not the judge. My faith says that the One who sits on the right-hand side of the Father is. I thank God that his mercies are new every morning and that He has forgiven me for my poor as crap choices.
- My job isn’t to correct people who might think differently than I do. My job isnt to spout what I believe is the truth and respond/reply to everything I see online.
- My job is to build relationship with people enough to earn the right to speak into their life – and even then, many times, that comes only when asked.
- I am to be slow to speak and slow to anger (I’m not so great at this one)
- Now more than ever, my job is to love those around me and to love those God has placed in my life. What does that look like? I ask God to help me know everyday what that looks like. It might be to try and be encouraging to someone who looks down.
- I may not know any of those people at that church, and I certainly don’t know what was in the heart or mind of the killer. I don’t know how they live their lives, what they believe that might be the same or different than me, but tonight, as I sit here, I love them all. I grieve with them. I wish there was something I could do. The treasure of prayer is the closest thing to them in my grasp.
- Am I concerned about our country, these political candidates, all the intensifying war cries regarding every topic under the sun? You better believe it. I feel it throughout my days and nights. I grieve for those still imprisoned over in Iraq and for those persecuted all over.
- I am concerned and I’m being poorly represented by “fellow Christians” who are spouting hate and anger online in the name of righteousness during things such as what’s going on in Charleston. Who are you? Even if you know the Bible backwards and forwards who do you think you are telling everyone who they are and that they are going to hell? Is that your utmost job while you are here on this Earth? I don’t think so. Am I saying you should silently watch from a distance? No. But please quit being a false representation of the truth and love God wanted us to share! We are called to be a light in the darkness! I see so many mean, rude, hateful, boastful remarks being made by some Christians who are sitting in the wrong seat. The scriptures us Christians read in The Bible isn’t just for newly marrieds to have a handle on how they should treat one another! We’ve confined it to couples when it’s meant for the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Amidst all of the attrocities, offenses and injustices we are seeing on every level right now – let us shut our mouths. Let us listen for a bit. Let us listen to the heart of God instead of the heart of the Internet.
When we die, people will mostly remember how we loved. Not how we lived or what we had.
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Lord help me to love! That is my prayer. Help me to love when things like Charleston happen.