I am heart sick tonight.
Not because of the election.
Not because there’s a rumor that Drake and T. Swift are dating.
But because of a piece of news I heard just the other night.
Over the weekend, at my cousin’s university, there was a tragedy. His roommate: a kind, loving, and incredibly smart young man, passed away after being the victim of a hate crime.
For being Muslim.
He was jumped and ended up in a coma. He passed a day later.
How truly tragic.
I did not know this young man, but my cousin was his best friend and roommate. And it just pains my heart to think that someone could act out in hate towards another person like that.
And to be quite honest, I don’t exactly know all of the politics surrounding all of these issues, but I do know that this young man did not deserve to die.
I sometimes think about what Jesus would think if He were to walk around on Earth today. How would He act? What would He say?
But the more I think about it, the world we live in now is not so unlike the world Jesus found Himself in. With religious tension, corrupt dictators, huge gaps between the haves and the have-nots, an underworld of vice…I mean, they were publicly flogging people, for crying out loud.
As they say, “same ‘crap,’ different day.”
And what did Jesus do?
This young man fell victim to a person or persons, acting from a place of ignorance and darkness and hate.
What are we to do when that happens?
Truly. I’m asking. Because I am at a loss for words. Sickened by the lowness of humanity.
We are all children of God. No matter our religion. Our gender. Our race. The language we speak. What our income is. What our political slant is. We are all made by God.
We are all sisters and brothers.
Which, excuse the cliche, but it is the truth.
Perhaps if we were to approach how we talk to others, how we handle our disputes with our classmates or landlords, how our nation governs itself, how we treat the homeless, our veterans, the sick, the unborn, the mentally ill — each and every person — no exception — was made by God and is therefore inherently good.
Why can’t that be part of our worldview? Our foreign policy? The way we treat others?
This young man, *sigh* I am just sickened by the cruelness of the world and my heart breaks for his family and friends and my cousin.
Yes, there is darkness in the world, but you and I, we can be lights.
We can live our lives in a way that reminds those around us that there is goodness still. There is hope still. There is a reason to go on.
And if each of us lights up our own little dusty corner of the world, we can make a difference. Because light, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, it makes a difference. It shines and encourages others to do the same.
I pray for those left behind in the wake of this tragedy, and I also pray for you reading this. That you and I may have the courage to be that light when the world is dark.
Now more than ever.
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