Tonight I feel very uncertain. And I’m blogging as a way to get rid of some inner demons, so bear with me.
I don’t get some things about life, and how unforgiving it can be. One of the primary reasons I refuse to watch the news is because it depresses me and makes me shake my head.
I don’t understand why politicians of all stripes verbally destroy each other. I don’t know why parents abandon their kids. I’m at a loss for words when I see people forced out of their homes, or children placed in foster care because their parents are addicted to drugs. I don’t understand why, four years ago tomorrow, two friends of mine from Virginia were brutally murdered – and I don’t get why the case is still unsolved.
On a global scale, I don’t know why people blow themselves up in the name of their religion. I’m clueless as to why God is so patient with a hate group that claims that the Creator of the universe “hates fags.” It boggles my mind to see people hate each other and tear each other down over the littlest things – race, gender, religion, etc.
Children shouldn’t be going hungry, but they do. Rapists shouldn’t get women pregnant, but they do. Cops shouldn’t gun down innocent civilians, but it still happens. Different people shouldn’t despise each other because of their race. But that’s still occurring in today’s world.
I always tell myself that God cares about the little things. But so often it’s hard to believe. When my two friends were ruthlessly killed in 2009, I didn’t understand it. I struggled with my faith. When, as an 8th-grader, I saw the news coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting, I didn’t understand it either.
But amidst all the turmoil, we can unify in God’s love for us. Regardless of your specific beliefs, we can all agree that there is something deeply, deeply wrong with the world. It’s not an American thing, and it can’t be chalked up to basically good people being corrupted by society. All religions agree that there is something wrong with us as humans. And while there are profound differences in religions after that statement, there is still a universal declaration that humanity is deeply flawed.
A lot of people say that religion contributes to evil in the world, but that’s another debate in and of itself. Regardless of where you stand, we can all do a little bit to make the world a better place and show people God’s love. It’s not just about earning your brownie points and doing your good deed for the day, it’s about being the best person you can be – by being the hands and feet of Christ.
The Bible says in James 1:27, “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Let’s do that little bit today, despite all the uncertainties and injustices that we face and see each day.