This week my family and I have been on vacation. We've spent the week in Texas celebrating my brother-in-law's retirement from the Marine Corps. It has been a great week of celebration and reunion for our family. We've reminisced about family trips we've taken together and laughed at stories from those vacations. Even in the midst of such joy this has, by all accounts, been an incredibly sad and difficult week for our nation.
Each day my phone has displayed an alert that has been hard to read. Before I continue you should understand that I am in no way taking a political position (though I have a strong opinion) nor will I be sharing my thoughts on individual cases I am mentioning. It all kicked off on Tuesday when the FBI reported their findings from their investigation into one of our candidates for president. We, as a nation, were told that someone who is seeking the highest office in our country has lied to us repeatedly. I know there are a 1,000 jokes about politicians lying but how have we as a society sunk to such depths that integrity and honesty are no longer valid or desirable attributes for our elected officials?
The week didn't improve. Following that announcement we were faced with the deaths of two men, in two separate situations, at the hands of law enforcement officers. And then on Thursday night there was the attack on the police officers in Dallas. We don't know all of the details in each of these situations and honestly we may not ever find out all of the facts. Likely, there will be many differing opinions and points of view. I'm not taking a position other than to say I am pro-life. Many lives were destroyed as a result of these situations. Obviously the lives of the deceased but also their family members, friends and co-workers. Husbands, dads, sons, grandfathers, grandsons, brothers, and uncles all failed to return home this week. It is gut wrenching and heart breaking! What's more troubling is that these types of events are not uncommon any longer in our country.
Where do we go from here? That question is a big one and the answer will echo loudly for years to come. Will we, despite our cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic differences unite together? Will we lay aside our political and social differences so that we can move forward? How will the church, the body of Christ, react to these tragedies and will our reaction look differently from that of our society? I would suggest to you that it must be different! We, the church of the living Lord, have the answer to all of these tragedies and that answer is Jesus! We would all do well to remember the lyrics to a song many of us have sung at some point in our lives....
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.
Meanwhile, we can pray for those whose lives were torn apart this week, we can mourn with them and display love toward them and by all means we can rest in the promises of His word.
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." - Revelation 21:4
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Matthew 5:4
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.