(Yes, the Bible reading is going on, but today’s post is different).
I watched Dr. Brian H. Williams, a trauma surgeon who attended the wounded police officers in Dallas Texas, and I began to cry.
“I do not understand why people think it is okay to kill police officers,” he said, holding back tears. “I don’t understand why black men die in custody and they are forgotten the next day. I don’t know why this has to be ‘us’ against ‘them.’ This all, really, has to stop,” he concluded
I can tell you why I am crying. It is because this affects all of us. We cannot wish it away. It is not ‘out there somewhere.’ It is my children, my family, my friends, my nation and my world.
I am crying because not too many people want to address this issue. Not even the church. It is messy; it is ugly; it is divisive.
But this is a problem that we cannot just push away. Whether it is in the streets of US cities or the capitol of Juba in South Sudan where the President’s tribe and the Vice-president’s tribe are at it again, killing indiscriminately, or in South Africa where some of the blacks feel that they should forcefully take back the land owned by the white minority . . . Wherever it is, the events tell us that ours is a broken world. A hurting world. A world that seems to be racing toward self-destruction.
This is not the world we want to leave for our children and future generations. We must do something now to turn the tide.
It begins where we are. It might begin, like Dr. Williams, with tears on public television; a sermon in the local church; a visit in the neighboring community; a prayer vigil; a meal with a stranger.
Each of us needs to ask God to show us which step He wants us to take… then please take it!