Lately, like most of you, I have been deeply troubled by the unimaginable hate and violence that seems to be so prevalent right now. When I heard the news of the mass shooting in Orlando, I felt sad and sickened and helpless.
I have no idea what to do in the face of such wickedness. I do know that Jesus wept when others wept, and somehow it seems that sharing another’s pain speaks volumes.
In Romans 12, Paul says to mourn when others mourn. There are zero qualifications on this. We are not told to assess the situation from every angle, blame every person under the sun, or voice our hatred on Facebook. We are instead given a picture of someone who feels the pain of human brokenness in such a way that when others mourn, their response is simply to mourn along with them. This is love in action.
I would never want to negate the importance of making changes on a larger scale in order to, ideally, prevent further violence. However, I believe that there is something powerful about simply coming alongside others in their pain and grief, and letting them know that they are loved and seen and valued. As it says in Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
It is my prayer that Christians all over the nation would lay down any weapons of judgment they may be wielding and instead show the unfathomable love of Christ to our brothers and sisters in Orlando and across the world who have been so deeply and wrongly wounded. We love you and are weeping with you in this tragedy.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5