April 16, 2013 Leave a comment
I have been following the story on the Boston Marathon. I was in my bedroom when I read the tweets that the horrific tragedy of three explosions killing three people and severely wounding others. The pain, knowing that these people might be missing limbs due to this horrific tragedy is completely daunting.
Just about or as equally daunting is the responses that some Christians make in their Facebook/Twitter posts. When Twitter has a hashtag #PrayForBoston, Christians took that the wrong way (as what I thought they would do). One of the responses that I have heard that was the most disheartening and I quote:
“Why do people say ‘I’m praying for….’ Like right now ppl r posting how they r praying for Boston… No ur not.. Ur on Facebook talking about how ur doing it.. Smh”
While this is probably true, this has nothing to do with the lives that are lost when people are dying. I also read an article online on how Westboro Baptist Church plans on picketing the funeral of the 8 year old boy. It shows how broken and how our focus leads into the direction that should lead us to help mend the situation, not to make it worse.
James 3:7-8 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
We as Christians have a tendency to say a lot of things. Some are good, a lot are bad. What we say can potentially change the world. A lot of the things we say, even when I write this and you are reading the words have power. Lots and lots of power. So powerful, it has the potential to make someone feel good, or it has the potential to kill, destroy, hate, fuel anger, fuel hatred. People can tell when you are being genuine. We can also hurt and affect people a lot of the times with our actions, are words, are choices.
What are we supposed to do?
Pray without ceasing. These people need our prayers, our support. People need to know that Jesus does care for them and that Jesus also weeps with them. They need to know the protection and the power of the blood of Jesus. To pray for the family of 8 year old Martin Richard. To feel the compassion of the people who have been affected, to be the sense of comfort for them. Prayer changes things, please believe that.
2. Be the Body of Christ
The Body of Christ is NOT dead! The body is alive and well! Isn’t that great?! I will say it again. The Body of Christ is alive and well. So if the Body of Christ is alive, let us be the Body. Let us come along side and help the people in need. Instead of the countless “should have done this to other countries” or “what did people say about abortion” why not be somebody that assists. Right now. If we worry about the inevitable, we can not worry about the now. Start now and make a new ending.
3. Stop Critiquing Others
What good is it to critique others? Lets come together and be on the same page. Lets be the change that we want to see happen. This change is life changing and can affect anybody and it starts with you. Use that time and energy that you focus on others and start worrying about what you can do.
An amazing picture of what Christianity is when the people of Boston during the horrific accident is when they all were assisting each other, and putting themselves in the face of danger and trying to assist those in need, giving blood to people who have been injured in the blast, in the face of danger that they will lay down their live for their friends. What would Jesus do? That!
Jeremiah 42:10-12 (ESV) If you will remain in this land,then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land.I will close with a song that is dear to my heart. Last time I heard it I was reflecting on what amazing power that it has. Listen to the words of the song and feel the emotion that goes through it.
How are you helping?
Police reports stated that they have a suspect in custody from the bombing in Boston. Pray that justice will be served