Tragedy Pursuit

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?

1. Pray

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!Image

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?

—-Update—-

Police reports stated that they have a suspect in custody from the bombing in Boston. Pray that justice will be served

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Broken Bodies

Have you ever broken a bone? I thankfully haven’t. I do remember a story when my mom told me that she was riding her bicycle to the grocery store. What she was told to do was to retrieve a 10lb bag of potatoes and take it back home. She told me that she hit a bump while going down the hill and she fell to the side. Meanwhile, the bag of potatoes has fallen on her arm and she had to have a plate on it. 

 

While there is many stories on broken bones, as you may know, we ourselves are indeed broken. So as the Body of Christ, as we are seen in His own image, the division in the Body of Christ is indeed broken. While following this theory, if anyone has been following Rick Warrens story, you would know that Rick Warren has lost his son to suicide. While a lot of Christians saying negative things about the eternal salvation of his son Matthew (awesome name) but bringing up Rick Warrens theology, his flaws, and his beliefs at one of the most crucial times in Rick Warrens life.

Can disagreements about theology steer away from the actual person?

Lets back up and go to the illustration on my mom for a moment. In the body of believers, there is a sense of disconnect like a bag of potatoes have been dropped on it. Something (could be spiritually) has dropped on that person and made a personal disconnect with other believers, their theology, and or them as a person. I know personally, I am personally guilty with it. I remember being theology my key factor and what I held on for me being a Christian. I had to be right. That was my key thing was to be the person who was accepted by leadership, by “spiritual leaders,” and or to make myself feel “great.” It is such a lie.

What can we do on the person. 

Mark 12:31 states it all, we love our neighbours as ourselves. Love is not a battle who is right or wrong. Love is showing somebody that we care for and their families well being, regardless on who is right or wrong. It is about showing compassion to people that have experienced a gain, or a loss. 

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at ALL times and a brother is born for adversity.

Lets change our ways and be all the brothers and sisters of Christ that we should be