My wife and I are sick of it. Sick of tragedies in the United States immediately exploited by *insert agenda here. It has become a frightful and sickening affair, and it needs to stop. It occurs most often in the political realm as each candidate, seat-filler, or pundit rushes to interpret the next crime against humanity as a case study for their own personal use. Election year or not, pro vs. anti gun, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, woman, man, Democrat, Republican, etc. the fact of the matter is that people were attacked and murdered; immediately using that as fodder to feed your own motive is repulsive. I wonder what these folks think, if they do at all, about the victims and their families.
Next is the Church. It breaks my heart and truly stirs up anger when I see the Church using tragedies to immediately speak for or against a lifestyle or belief system. I get it. As a Christian myself I agree we need to be open to all opportunities to spread the news of Jesus Christ and His defeat of sin and death. The Gospel needs to be heard and spread! However, I feel it is often forgotten that mourning is an appropriate response. We forget God mourns, and that His heart is broken when death, hate, and sin prove prevalent. Mourning for the loss of life and the hatred shown is the appropriate response. I can’t speak for God, but I would say it is safe to assume that He is also broken when His Church is capitalizing on tragedies. How can we as Christians hope to be heard in a world that pushes us out more and more if we fail to promote compassion, empathy, love, and grace too?
Something else is bothering us. How do we “unite” for Brussels, Paris, and other foreign tragedies, but eat our own when the attack occurs on our own soil? It genuinely sheds a negative light on our society and culture if we are unable to unite as a result of tragedy. Pray for the surviving victims. Pray for the families of all victims. Pray for our nation. Pray for the world.