I don’t even know where to start.
Last night, July 7, 2016 at approximately 9:01 p.m. I changed the channel on my television to channel 4. What I saw next shook me to my core.
People running in every direction with the sound of gunshots ringing in the background. “What in the world is going on?!?” was the first thing I remember coming out of my mouth. As the minutes passed I became more and more aware of what was going on. I’m not going to relive the details here at this time, I don’t think any of us would benefit from that. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about there are more than enough avenues on the internet to find out the details. My purpose for this post is strictly to outline my thoughts/concerns/struggles following last night’s events.
I’ve always been an optimist. Yes, I have my moments when I need to lay down on the floor in the middle of a store and throw a fit, metaphorically speaking of course, but more often than not I’m positive. I look for the good in people. I use the word “look” because that takes more effort than reading book covers. You tend to find what you are looking for, if you look for the good you’ll eventually find it, the same with the bad. I don’t like bad things, so I don’t look for them. Why am I saying of all this?
Last night was a result of an individual or group of individuals that set out with the intent of doing harm. As much as harm as they could cause, at an event that was organized to speak out against the violence that took place earlier in the week in Minnesota and Louisiana. Can you see the irony here? I am in full support of anyone and everyone that wants to exercise their right to freedom of speech. I have nothing against the group that participated in the march/protest. Whether I agree with them or not doesn’t matter, I’m not against them and I like to believe that I if ever planned or attended a march in downtown Dallas that they would respect my rights also.
What I can’t wrap my head around is how someone can get to the point where they show up somewhere with the full intention of taking lives. Not “a” life, but lives. I have no comprehension of this and I don’t want it either.
What I do know is what the Bible says about how we are supposed to treat one another:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4: 8
If you read the first one from the book of John in your Bible you will notice that the words are in red, that means those words came directly from the mouth of Jesus Christ, so they must be important.
I don’t know about you but I’m going to do what my Lord said.
With fervent love,