Why? That’s what we want to know, isn’t it? Why do bad things happen? Why would someone do this? How can we stop it?
I don’t have good answers for those questions, and I don’t think anyone else does either. It is natural to feel a need to do “something” but apart from thought and reason the “do something” impulse usually causes more harm than good. I pray we as a people will act rather than react.
I can say the so-called rise of mass killings correlates well with changes in how our society feels about God, and it seems to me the only “solution” is found in showing others there is great wisdom in following Christ. That does not mean yelling at people who don’t follow Christ, or blaming them, or passing laws to make them act differently. We are called to be a witness. We are called to be a light in the darkness.
I realise being a light does not feel as good as blaming someone, or some group. I realise it does not feel as useful at signing a petition demanding our elected leaders change laws. However, being salt and light is ultimately the only thing that can change the horror we see around us. If each person who calls Jesus Lord would touch and change the life of just one person, imagine what would happen.
So stand fast in love. Be ready to show compassion to those who need it, and to comfort those who need comfort. Find ways to show the love of Christ daily, and be ready to do more if the occasion arises. You are not one small light in a huge darkness, you are one of many many lights.
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Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
In Case of Emergency ◄ Or, don’t wait for an emergency.
Black and Married with Kids
Pastors Aren’t The Only Ones Who Can Minister to A Couple ◄ Yes, YES, YES!!
The Generous Wife
Journey to Surrender
Being Salt and Light with Your Marriage ◄ Scott’s excellent salt and light post.
Aim for Meaningful, not Perfect, Holiday ◄ Great. Wisdom.
Great Gift Ideas and What to Never Buy Your Wife ◄ I like this post for two reasons 1) It’s good information and 2) I got to post the dreaded “exception” comment.
Change Begins With You ◄ Once we get this, things get better.
Marriage Missions International
Honey, We Need to Talk – Dr Kevin Leman ◄ This video is both funny and true.
Why Can’t My Spouse Say What They Mean? – Mark Gungor ◄ We have to talk it through before we can “get to the point”.
Safe at home
Some Sensible Lessons To Learn During Tragedy ◄ Another take on the shootings.
…to Love Honor and Vacuum
Joy in the Gimme Gimme Christmas Season ◄ Great thoughts!