Our political climate is rife with leaders using fear and hatred to divide and misguide, sending our country down an immoral and lawless abyss. Many have fallen prey to these divisive tactics, through ignorance and in many cases, self-serving motives.
As I watched the carnage in Baltimore on television, Luke 19:41 came to mind, “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it.”
How He must be weeping for the innocent people of Nepal suffering the devastation of an earthquake while citizens of a city choose to destroy businesses and homes of their friends and neighbors.
How He must be weeping as He sees evil considered acceptable while His teachings mocked and His followers persecuted.
What can we do? How can we wipe the tears from His face?
The answer is in Timothy 2:1-4:
"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry."
We cannot control the behavior of others, only our own. We should pray for those blinded by tyrants and on the path to self-destruction but not let them distract us from our mission of love and compassion.
Focusing on Godly actions will dispel the darkness.