The television screen in the lobby scrolled 20 dead and 100 injured at 5:10am. I asked my coworkers what happened? They didn’t know yet, but knew it was in Las Vegas, we had a full day to work and needed to start the day. We caught up on the details every break we had, relived none of us knew or had anyone there.
My coworker mentioned how desensitized to shootings we have become, unless it’s directly effecting us it’s no longer stirring our hearts or causing a reaction to help. Unfortunately I have to agree, if it’s not your race that is being bruised, battered or killed it’s not your problem. Last year I stopped posting about Standing Rock (to stop the pipeline from being built on native territory). I felt no one cared or were tired of all the posts. Awareness is great, but unless it changes a heart which will turn into an action it’s nothing but noise.
I hate to admit it but I believe it’s in the body of believers as well. What does Paul say in the letter to the church in Corinth? We are one body, many parts. And we cannot say we do not need each other. My race cannot say it does not need another. My gender cannot say it does not need the opposite (yeah I said it). My personality cannot be the same as everyone else’s.
At dinner a couple years ago friends and I shared our own testimonies, we had two common threads or sentences everyone said in their own words; “I never felt like I fit in…” and “but Jesus…” we are all very different people with different backgrounds, education, personality and stories. We mustn’t become desensitized, because we still need each other. Jesus is what can unite or reconcile, our own desires good or bad is what divides, but Jesus…