2 Corinthians 5:16 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between him, and us and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
It’s amazing how we choose who’s suffering deserves our attention. I believe it was Dr. King who said that, “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.” It was Dr. King that was inspired by Mahatma Ghandi in India to use his philosophy of Non-Violent protest. We can learn from other people’s suffering and stand with them even as we try to solve our own.
We are Christ’s ambassadors. It is our job to communicate the grace of God to the world regardless of how different they appear on the outside. We should be devastated by the attacks in Paris, the shootings in Chicago, the murders in Memphis, and the poverty in third world countries all at the same time. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. God was reconciling the WORLD to himself through Jesus.
It’s hard to see the world through a periscope. When our worldview is limited to our frame of reference we miss the bigger picture that “God so loved the World!”
We get into a wasteful debate when we start comparing suffering. Who lost more the Jews in Holocaust or the Africans in Slavery? Both experienced horrors that still stain the nostrils if God but what stinks more is when we have no compassion for other people struggling.
We can pray for Paris and Kenya. We can pray for the family of Darius Stewart and Officer Sean Bolton. Christians have compassion for all of those for whom Christ died. We rejoice with those who rejoice and we mourn with those who mourn.
Fill us with compassion for all those who are grieving loss in Paris, Syria, Kenya, Chicago, Baltimore, and Memphis. God you are God of everybody. I’m glad you are no respecter of persons. We are your children of every color, class, and creed. We need you Lord. All of creation groans awaiting your redemption of this evil world. In the meantime help us to be ambassadors of your Kingdom and to put down our narrow periscopes that only see our part. Open wide our eyes and our hearts. Bring peace to your world. Come Lord Jesus Come! Bring peace on earth to all humankind.
In Jesus Name,