But a major event happened today. One that’s become too common of an occurrence, and I can’t stay quiet.
At the time I am writing this, seventeen people have been killed in a school shooting. Dear Jesus, please don’t let that count rise. Be with those recovering and those families now mourning on a day of love because of hate.
Before the first details were confirmed, politicians, celebrities, and everyone with an opinion began giving unsolicited opinions. In a way, I can’t blame them. I’m angry this has happened. Again. And again. And again. How many more agains must there be before something is done?
Which brings us to the million-dollar question—what should be done?
I have to admit, I don’t know the full answer.
Hate runs rampant, and evil is a cancer permeating our world. It’s a depressing thought, but as Christians, we don’t have to accept it. In fact, we are called to fight it. We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16), and where there is light, the darkness fades.
We as Christians are failing miserably at being the light, myself included. We’re so busy fighting for our own way, shouting condemnations, and not supporting each other, that we’ve allowed Satan free reign in our homes, churches, and communities. While we were bickering, he moved in, and he’s been busy. Boy has he been busy! We’ve given non-Christians very little reason to want to join our ranks. How can we expect them to act in a loving manner if we can’t even do it and we serve the One who is love?
Over the last several months, I’ve been drawn to 1 Corinthians 9. Paul explains the rights he has, but then says why he’s given them up. He laid them down in order to reach more people for the gospel of Christ. He made himself weak, made himself a slave, put himself under the law, all so he could reach people for Christ.
If he could do that, can’t we lay aside our differences, our hurts, and our disagreements?
What if we laid down our rights so that we work together? What if we laid down our grievances to reach a greater purpose? What if we learned to be all things to all people so that by all means, we might save some (1 Corinthians 9:22).
Imagine the light that would shine forth in our communities. The hope we’d spread to a hurting nation. The purpose we’d bring to a lost people. Imagine the glory we’d bring to our Lord, the light of all the world.