Yesterday I wrote that in this digital age we (especially in the Church) need to be intentional about mourning (update: it seems that Russel Moore agrees). Ever since I wrote that, I have been processing things that are worthy of being sorrowful over in the wake of the violence over the weekend. Here is my list. What would you add?
- That no less than 100 people made in the image of the Almighty God have been killed or injured by wicked men (both in Friday’s and Saturday’s attacks).
- That their friends and loved ones are suffering greatly in the confusion that has ensued.
- That the blame shifting has already begun, and it’s apparently everyone’s fault.
- That well-meaning Christians have once again been lumped in the homophobic camp with militant Muslims.
- That many people are going to be facing unfair stereotypes in the upcoming days/weeks (in the LGBTQ community, in the Christian Church, in the Muslim world).
- That evil people do evil things.
- That the politicians have already begun casting stones.
- That erroneous, false prophets (i.e. Westboro) are blaming the LGBTQ community for what occurred.
- That many people continue to die without Christ daily.
- That this will continue until Christ returns.
Hope in the Cross
In spite of the sorrow, there is hope at the foot of the cross. God looked down and saw the pain and suffering that his creation was enduring and followed through on His age old plan to sacrifice Himself so that we would not need to be separated from Him for eternity. His death and resurrection secure the our hope in a Kingdom that will come to earth. There is pain now, but for those who place their hope in Christ there will be lasting joy. I have sorrow for all of the above, but my God is alive and gives me hope to come through the sorrow.