Let Mercy Reign
I don’t have anything political to say in regards to the Paris tragedies this past week, and I’m not posting this to call for war, or advocate for any sweeping change in our world to stop these sorts of things from happening. There are already enough voices speaking into those matters.
But I do want to say this:
I am broken hearted over our world, and over the tragedies that occurred, and have been occurring. We are all shaken up, and rightly so. In times like these, I’m always uplifted at how quickly people gather and unite. Pointless feuds and insignificant, petty differences are laid aside in mere seconds when something this monumental occurs. And, though it unfortunately takes a tragedy to spark this, it is a beautiful thing, something which should happen more often without these sorts of triggers. What we need to do is magnify this compassion. We need to show compassion to those who have lost loved ones. But we also need to show compassion to those who have lost themselves by becoming someone who could perform such terrible acts against humanity.
We need to be with the victimized in Paris, those whose nation was devastated by these attacks. We should grieve with them, and be willing to do anything we can to show them support. We should pray for them. But we also need to be for the redemption of those who have done these things. We should also be grieving for them, because they’ve lost themselves in the process of giving into these dark ideologies in thirst of power and significance.
I guess what I’m saying is at the end of the day, what happened in Paris was atrocious, and tragic, and heartbreaking, and infuriating. And justice needs to be swift. But what the world witnessed was a group of human beings made in God’s image attacking another group of human beings made in God’s image. We saw a house divided against itself. And what we all need is grace. What we all need is Love. Compassion. Forgiveness. Redemption.
My prayer is for justice to come in the form of mercy. Because a violent, swift justice could possibly end this battle. But is was Mercy who won the war.
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