It’s been a few weeks since I last posted in this column. It hasn’t been because I couldn’t think of anything to say; no, I’ve had plenty. Yet sometimes it is just better to remain silent. During those weeks so much has gone on, so much has been said, so many have been hurt or endangered due to weather, words and deeds. So many times a question has come to my mind: Has the world gone mad?
But the world has been mad for millennia.
I don’t need to tell anyone what happened in Las Vegas last Sunday night. I am having a hard time finding the words to adequately describe the evil that was made manifest there: I’m coming to the conclusion that our language just doesn’t have a word for this kind of evil and malice.
The more we find out about this story, the more questions that are raised, and as of this writing none of those questions has an answer which in my mind makes the whole scene even worse. Lost in the sheer magnitude of the events in Las Vegas was the fact that there were also terrorist attacks in both Europe and Canada last weekend…
How long O Lord will this continue?!
I cannot say there is a silver lining to these clouds; no, that would be ridiculous. Yet there is an interesting pattern emerging, a pattern we might find instructive if we choose to notice. In all of these disasters, whether they were destructive hurricanes, or a monster’s slaughter, we hear the stories of people who rise above the circumstances to save complete strangers risking, and sometimes losing their own lives in the process, in acts of heroism, mercy and love. These are acts of bringing safety, preserving life, and restoration just as Jesus brought in His wake wherever He went.
Could it be that in the midst of chaos, God shows us glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven?
I’m sure that many would scoff at the suggestion, and they are free to do so, but I do not scoff at it: I think that is exactly what happens. Is it possible that it takes a crisis for many people to shed their inhibitions and let God work through them? Maybe. Could it be that such selfless acts of mercy take place all the time, but we never hear about them without a crisis? Probably.
When we see these things in the midst of crisis, we see the power of love in action, but we needn’t wait for a crisis to put our love into action; we can do it any time, whenever we are presented with a human need. Yes dear reader, you and I can put God’s love in us into action right now, today, tomorrow, the next day…
I have no idea if we would change this old world of ours, but I am quite certain that we would change our worlds for God’s glory if we did so.