I’m not ashamed to say that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, but I’m scared to say that I am a Christian. I’m scared that I will be lumped into the group of well-intentioned people who do not know when enough is enough, when to speak up and when to simply sit in other’s grief in silence.
The Bible, which I firmly believe is the word of God says that the world will know us (Christians) by our love. In light of the week’s past events, now is the perfect opportunity to show the world our love, the kind of love that would lay down our lives for the sake of others. Yet, as I look at posts on Facebook and at comments made by these well-intentioned people, I cringe.
For some folks, what they say is true. Yet, the timing is all wrong. The wounds of people effected by this tragedy are gaping open. It’s impossible to tell if how deep they are, they haven’t had a chance to scab over. No doubt, there will be scars from these gashes.
Of course I believe that Jesus offers the only real hope in this world. But please remember that He chooses to let humans deliver this message of hope. We are flawed in the deepest sense of the word. Sometimes we act without thinking. Sometimes, we think about our actions before hand, but are so clouded by the events surrounding us that we act anyway.
Ecclesiastes 1: 13 says “I soon realized that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race.” I’m sorry for the pain that has been caused. My heart breaks at the list of names of those killed last Friday. Know that suffering is a more complicated issue than we realize. I don’t believe that God just sat by and watched it all happen. I believe that his heart was crushed. I don’t want to cause more pain, nor do I want to come across as pushy. Yet, I urge you not to write God off just yet. I beg you not to close that door.
Please forgive the Christians, the ones who are trying to help. They’re trying to make sense of all this pain too. Please resist the urge to lump all Christians into the category of those who stand on a street corner with a bull horn and signs about hell.
To the “Christians,” please live your every day life in this verse: John 13:34, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”