Evil is all over the place. There are always evil things happening around the world, but just last week we saw our neighboring city of Charleston, South Carolina go through a tragedy born out of hatred and racism. And despite the extreme pain they are experiencing, the loved ones of the people who were slaughtered were able to speak directly to the attacker and forgive him.
There are a lot of things in our culture that break us: hatred, jealousy, pride, anger, bitterness. They start in the home, but if we don’t do anything about it, eventually our whole nation is broken and we haven’t done what God needs us to do. If we want to experience and extend God’s promises to everyone around us, we have to break what is breaking us.
The families of the nine people who were killed in Charleston have displayed a love to the world that is more powerful than any human love. They’ve shown that they know a God who forgives everyone, no matter what they have done, and so they also will extend that forgiveness to someone who has deeply hurt them. They witnessed hatred, but extended love and a desire for that young man to turn from his hatred and come to God.
The Church is a people who encourage each other, and who are motivated to reach every person with the Good News. It’s a people who rally around Christ’s name so that evil would start being broken and God would be elevated. The Church is made up of people from all walks of life, people of all skin colors, social classes, ages, and nationalities coming together as one as kingdom arsonists, fanning the flames of the gifts that God has given us.
We have a responsibility as members of the Church to break what is breaking our culture and our nation. We can start in our home, by teaching our children what God has said and how to live out what He created them to be. And as we begin to break those things that are dividing us, we will see people rise up and do the amazing things that God has planned for their lives.