Between the flooding in Colorado and the shooting in DC today, I’m just waiting to hear it.
“What is the world coming to??” “Things are so much worse now than ever before!” “We’re near the end times, things can’t get much worse!”
And then of course the blaming will start.
“It’s the gays fault!”
“It’s this permissive culture!”
“It’s the disintegration of the family! The women who dare to pursue careers and the men who are failing to fulfill their God-given roles as head of the family!”
or the blanket, covers-everything:
“It’s Obama’s fault!”
Listen. The world is not any worse or better today than it was 50 or 100 or 1000 years ago. There are bad, terrible things that happen. There are and always have been natural disasters. There are and always have been evil, horrible people doing evil, horrible things. This is nothing new and it’s not going to change.
There are beautiful, wonderful things that are happening. Every minute of every day. There is beauty being created in so many arenas. There are people doing loving, beautiful things for one another. There is love and joy and hope. And you know what?? These things will always happen too. And ultimately, I believe, these things will WIN over the dark and horrible things.
Don’t believe me?? Go to http://www.momastery.com. Read some of those posts. Beautiful things. Find some new music in the genre you appreciate. Give it a listen. Head to your nearest art museum and check out some exhibits. Take a walk in the woods, by the lake, on the beach. Read a new book, read an old favorite, read some ee cummings. There is beauty and love and goodness out there if you choose to pay attention to the right things.
If you want the end of the world to be just around the corner, well, there’s plenty you can focus on to make that seem like reality. But if you want to see love at work, it is there and it’s not really that hard to find.
So turn off the TV, close down the news tab on your browser and focus on something else. Pray for those who are hurting, in need, victims of the ugly, and then choose to immerse yourself in the light.
Change the channel. Literally and figuratively. Don’t fall into the trap of moaning and groaning and wringing your hands and finding someone, something to blame. Do something different. Do something better.
“Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.” (Rob Bell, “Velvet Elvis”)