As I watched my boys ride their bikes around the yard with their light sabers in hand, I had to appreciate the normalcy of this afternoon. As strange as it might seem to those without children, these are routine activities in our world. In fact, it is these behaviors that will be missed when they are grown and gone. Within these games are moments of conflict. No, it is not that we are conflicted about their activities while watching them, but our children will invariably injure each other and get irritated with each other. It is highly dramatic for a few moments, and then it is forgotten. These are normal conflicts between people who ultimately love each other. We live in it and move on with forgiveness. Love always wins.
One week ago today was the bombing at the Boston Marathon. It has been a highly dramatic week, the likes of which we don’t experience in this country often. Consider how quickly things progressed and how this battle played out for all to see on live television. These types of events are on a whole different level for us because they demonstrate callous disregard for human life. There is no battle between opposing forces, or even any chance to disagree on anything. Someone plants a bomb in a crowd and walks away without any thought of the lives that will momentarily be changed. It is a cowardly way to make a statement of any kind.
In the aftermath, we wept with those who wept and rejoiced with those who rejoiced. We prayed for God to make sense out of the nonsense. The horror of it all was replayed in our minds as our children asked their own questions about what has gone on. Why do people do such things?
The world is broken by sin and sin kills. However, God has made a way out of it!
There is a stark contrast between the conflicts that happen between brothers and conflicts that happen between cowards and innocent people. The later hurts us deeply and strengthens our resolve to stand against it. Why? Because we inherently recognize that these actions are wrong and should not be tolerated. They are actions that should never be forgotten even as we move on in prayer for the suspect and those he injured.
May we turn to God for strength and hope as a nation. May our hearts desire be for people, all people, to know the love of God through Jesus Christ. The only answer for all of this evil is a Savior, Jesus Christ.
We can never forget what sin has done to us all. We cannot lose sight of our God who paid a high price to free us from the bondage of sin. Sin always kills and we can to be free from it. Love always wins.
Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13