As we all know by now, one week ago today the absolutely unthinkable occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School. We have seen and heard beautiful tributes from fellow students and watched parents try to come to grips with the sudden loss of their children. I’ve wept several times trying to imagine how we got to this place. But over the last few days I’ve noticed something that has broken my heart further- I’ve noticed fellow brothers and sisters in Christ using this moment in history to denounce all kinds of other things. In less than a week we’ve seemingly forgotten that people are still mourning and jumped straight into condemnation. I’ve read all kinds of theories about everything from video games to abortion to arming the teachers. I cannot imagine being a parent who’s child is dead and reading all the vitriol that’s being posted ESPECIALLY among Christians. We all have very strong opinions - and yet those 14 children and 3 adults are still dead.
We are all so busy trying to make our points that it seems we’ve skipped right over what Jesus said about being salt and light and peacemakers (Matthew 5). I keep trying to think about what Jesus would be doing right now if He still walked the earth in human form. So I keep going back to His word and from what I gather I believe He would be mourning and sitting with the bereaved. I believe He would be listening and looking for ways to bless others. The Jesus I follow would pour out compassion on this hurting and broken world and would encourage His flock to do the same. The only cause Jesus sought to advance when He walked this earth was His Kingdom.
Here’s a direct quote straight from Christ Himself:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
If we say we are Christians we also must believe that we have a common enemy who loves to divide and destroy us and, from the looks of my Facebook feed, he is having a heyday. We have to be savvy enough to know that people love to stir up controversy online and there is compelling evidence that there are Russian bots devised to do just that. In our passion and haste to make our opinions heard we must be careful to remember what matters most - and it’s not our human agendas. It is to make the Gospel known.
We don’t need agendas - we need Jesus. We don’t need more anger - we need Jesus. And by the way - Jesus does still walk the earth in human form - in us.