It is a Christian’s responsibility to think. Papa gave me a book a year ago by John Stott titled Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life. I highlighted this vital nugget of wisdom from the author:
“God made man in his own image, and one of the noblest features of the divine likeness in man is his capacity to think.”
To think is a supernatural endowment, the ability to do so is a blessing that we must steward. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are commanded to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” The preceding book, in 1 Corinthians 2:16 notes that “we have the mind of Christ.”
It’s why when it comes to reading, watching, or hearing about world events and issues, we are all blessed with the ability to ponder and reflect on things. However, when you think of it – many of these painful occurrences no longer make any sense.
The shootings in Orlando. The bombing of Istanbul, Medina, and Baghdad. The terrorist attack in Dhaka. The killing of five police officers at what was supposed to be a peaceful protest in Dallas. The shooting of two African-American men by people who’s supposed to protect them.
All these tragic events are not only abhorrent, but devoid of reason.
We are not as isolated as we think. The world is actually more connected than ever and what happens in other parts of the globe affect us.
Why are these things happen? What kind of generation is doing this to its kind? What kind of behavior are we breeding in the hearts and minds of people when we do this to each other? Where is humanity headed, when hate and prejudice is seemingly overflowing and is taking away innocent lives?
I’ve asked myself these questions and sobbed. Yes, these kind of events do affect you and me.
We are not as isolated as we think. The world is actually more connected than ever and what happens in other parts of the globe affect us.The predicaments of societies and nations thousands of miles away from us, could find its way in our shores because of borderless political policies, economic integration, and international media.
It’s one reason why, when the world is shocked by tragedy, we get a whiff of it from our newsfeeds and devices. Rejecting that it exists is equally non-sensical, but the attempt to “get it,” to answer why these things happen is challenging.
This is where prayer and introspection help.
As I was reflecting on this, on what I can do and what I should do when it comes to hearing about these kind of events I came to the conclusion that I must continue to hope and make a difference in whatever way I can.
There is no role, duty or responsibility too small to make a difference in a world mired by pain.
I’m a writer and my skill is in the area of communications, thus I must use it to make a difference. I’m a church worker, thus I must use my role and responsibility to be a blessing to others, especially to my boss and my teammates. I’m a volunteer youth leader commissioned to impart the lessons of my faith to students, thus I must be faithful with this opportunity and spur the next generation to become the best they can be, assist them in their spiritual journey, and cheer them on to their God-given destinies.
We all have a role in society. “Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors,” Russian actor Constantin Stanislavski said.
In the same way, there is no role, duty or responsibility too small to make a difference in a world mired by pain.
Bad news is inevitable and some will break our hearts. Ignoring them or choosing to not hear about them is not always a wise move. The ability to hope does not require blindness from reality, apathy, or lack of understanding of issues that affect us. But hope is the force that will allow us to move forward no matter what is happening in our world or the world around us.
There maybe many wrong things in the world, but in our own private lives we have numerous opportunities to do the right thing and make a positive impact.
When these events strengthen our resolve to be a better person, to hope further, and to do more good, we counter these tragedies. We can promote values and deeds that will bring more life, peace, and kindness to a world that the heralds of hate have attempted to fill with fear and death.