We are faced with another heart-wrenching event: the tragic loss of life in Florida. The hardest thing is that all the usual suspects are weighing in- less guns/more guns! How about psychotropic drugs? How about the societal issues of bullying, broken families & lack of discipline or love? They are the usual suspects, aren’t they? I just have one question: what about us? When can we own up to the idea that genuinely loving the marginalized and broken is the only true counter measure? Reaching into the lives of broken people with healing and grace, we would be ministering before the tragedy. We often see the signs- bad behavior, fits of anger, violence, mind-altering medications, and rage over mistreatment- it is almost on the scope of a Quinten Terantino movie. One attribute stands above them all: soul-crushing loneliness is the greatest common denominator to all the shooters.
We read the Psalms and see the heart of a man trying to reconcile the broken world and the response of God to His people.
Psalm 68 encourages us:
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
7 When you, God, went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,
8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9 You gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
We are the distributors and ambassadors of this love and grace. We are the arms and feet to these verses. We are starting a series on Sundays called ChurchworX – it’s about how the church works. We work in community and extend the presence of God through our immediate circles of relationship. If ever our society has needed a touch of grace- it’s now.