The violence in this country is out of control. I read the headlines, and I am sickened and dumbfounded — what has this world come to?
I’ve written before about the surge of Anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC and across the country. Which, is sadly still happening. Even after Biden signed the Anti-Asian Hate Crime bill this past week, the attacks are still raging. Just this weekend, a 48 year old Asian man was attacked in my boyfriend’s neighborhood: he was terribly beaten and the tip of his finger was bitten off.
Barbaric. Truly. Barbaric.
But it doesn’t stop there. Now, since the cease-fire in the Middle East, anti-Semitic attacks have spiked in NYC (and LA). Jews are being attacked leaving their synagogues to the battle cries of “Free Palestine – kill the Jews!”, they’re being beaten on the streets, receiving racial slurs shouted from men in trucks with Palestinian flags.
On Thursday, there was a clash of protestors in Time Square that left one 29 year old Jewish man severely beaten and in the hospital.
Also over the weekend, pro-Palestine demonstrators threw fireworks and molotov cocktails at buildings in the Diamond District of Manhattan, a heavily Jewish business district, leaving one man severely burned.
One of my Jewish friends broke down in tears, scared for her fellow Jews. Scared for her life. She’s stopped wearing her Star of David necklace, and many of the men she knows have stopped wearing their kippah/yarmulka in public, for fear for their safety.
Truthfully, it is unthinkable that a person could harbor such hatred in their heart for someone they don’t even know, and then act on it.
It is beyond tragic, and heartbreaking. It is more despicable than words can express.
And beyond pray for our Jewish and Asian brothers and sisters, I feel helpless as to what I can do to help.
I wrote last week about the “woke indoctrination” of our children, after coming across several radical feminist baby books while out shopping: “Feminist Baby” and “Little Feminist,” and I was truly shocked by the number of dissenting comments, expressing backlash against my position: claiming that, Christian indoctrination of children is even more harmful.
People were truly upset that I plan on raising my future children (one day, God-willing) to believe in God and love Jesus. That was harmful indoctrination, these dissenters posited.
And this, friends, is precisely the problem with our country that has led it to become the unrecognizable purgatory it is today, where people are bashing others’ skulls in with baseball bats just because of the color of their skin, the religion they follow, or what their background is:
We have left God behind.
But not just left Him behind…our society is actively repelling Him, His teachings, and ostracizing those who follow Him.
It is now considered harmful to “indoctrinate” your children to believe in God? Oh how backwards that is! That is literally THE. MAIN. JOB. of parenthood! That is literally the most important task one has as a parent: to get their children (and their spouse) to Heaven. Period.
“Cancel” me if that is too outrageous of a notion, but that is the point of life. Of family. Of marriage. Journeying together towards Heaven, and making sure of their salvation.
These Hate Crimes that we’re seeing: those are workings of the enemy. There, I said it.
It is spiritual warfare, absolutely walloping our nation, our world. Why? Because God has been pushed out of the picture, and the enemy and his friends are having an absolute field day.
And sadly this is just one area – everywhere you look in our culture: from the attacks on personhood in the womb, confusion over our identity — especially that geared towards our children, the pornography epidemic, the abortion industry as a whole, women struggling with unattainable body image and beauty standards. There is a common puppeteer behind all of these terrible terrible plights on humanity.
We have passed the time of being a quiet, private Christian. The time has come to be bold for Christ. We must wear our faith out loud: wear a cross necklace, say “God Bless you,” to our taxi drivers when we leave, pray at the dinner table at a restaurant, invite a friend to go to Church with us, or *gasp* TALK about our faith at a group gathering!
Christianity can’t be something that is reserved for Sunday mornings anymore, or just a “fall asleep” ritual as we close our eyes at night.
I’m guilty of that. I think it’s scary. But there is so much darkness in the world right now. SO much darkness. The world needs our light. It needs Christ’s light through us.
Matthew 5: 14-16 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus is talking to you and me. We are that city that cannot be hidden. We need to shine – shine now brighter than ever. Our world depends on it.
Lord, please protect our Jewish and Asian brothers and sisters, and any person who finds themselves in the path of hatred. Protect them, and change the hearts of those who wish them harm. And Lord, embolden us, that we may have the courage to be Your light in this dark and desolate world.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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