I haven’t yet come up with anything interesting or helpful to say about the murders in Orlando, so I haven’t written anything. But I read something my friend Jacob Sahms wrote that struck me, and I share it below.
Reading and hearing the responses to the violence in Orlando, I’m struck by the outrage – and the way fingers start pointing at anyone but ourselves. If we’re going to be the peacemakers who are called the children of God, then the solutions all start with us.
Do we talk and act peacefully? (Yes, that includes driving.) Do we recognize that we’re all children of God, even the people we don’t agree with/like? Do our dollars and our votes endorse peace? Do we teach our children peace and love for all? We can pray all we want for peace, but if we’re not part of being peace, then “thy kingdom come” isn’t actually something we’re part of.
He’s totally right: “the way fingers start pointing at anyone but ourselves.” Certainly true about me, and I don’t like it.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace….