Where to begin today? Cops killing citizens, Citizens killing cops, Terrorists killing in the LGBTQ community, at a marathon and in the workplace, the Mentally ill killing small children in a school, in a theater and in a shopping center. Where does it end? I am reminded of the Biblical story of the “slaughter of the innocents” and Rachel weeping for her children for they are “no more”. What is gone cannot be replaced.
More troubling to me is my fear that we have crossed the line of no return. People of color live in fear. Police officers live in fear. Airline passengers live in fear. The LGBTQ community lives in fear. People of faith live in fear. Living in fear is a recipe for disaster; a ticking time bomb if you will. And, that bomb was detonated in Dallas last night. The opportunity to fix broken systems may have passed. The opportunity to hear perceived grievances may have passed. The opportunity to heal may have passed.
So, what next? I wish I had a clue. What has been broken cannot be fixed so easily. I once read somewhere that “to regain trust you need to prove how much you love through actions not words. Words fall empty to the person who lost trust in you.” This is true for ALL parties involved in a broken relationship. And, our country is indeed broken. We are going to have to prove ourselves worthy of trust by our actions with each other. We need to demonstrate those repairing ACTIONS within our broken families, broken communities, broken schools, broken legal systems, broken political systems, and broken foreign relations to begin the mending process. It will not be easy. It will take generations to undo the damage done. But, the alternative is continued self-destruction.
In the book of Mark (3:25), we are reminded “if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Folks, our houses are splintered in so many directions. We are destined to fail unless ALL work to mend the walls and the foundation needed to guide this “one nation.” Let’s truly act in accordance aiming for TRUE liberty and justice for ALL.” Today, I fear too few are willing to participate in healing ACTIONS, finding themselves more comfortable leaving the heavy lifting to others.
Sadly, like Rachel, I weep for the innocents today!