We the people
Discouraging doesn't even begin to cover it.
My heart has been flooded lately with stories from loved ones about the brokenness happening in their lives. From break ups, to family taken too soon, to the inability to have a baby, to loss of jobs, to lack of empathy, to violence- it is evident that we are a hurting people. Add to it the feelings of overwhelming uncertainty, hurt, and injustice that the election over the past months has caused, and well, that is just the icing on top of a very destroyed cake.
I've been silent when it comes to politics, but not because I am dispassionate for the oppressed, wounded, marginalized, or "castaways of society". No, precious people, my heart burns for you. But instead, I fear being misrepresented, misunderstood, and painted to be something I'm not. I'm afraid to like a status on Facebook because there will be those out there (from both sides) who do not see my heart in the matter, but are rather looking for someone to be angry at.
Doesn't this indicate a problem?
Some might say I'm being overdramatic. Others would claim I'm not being dramatic enough. Regardless about which camp you are living, I will not downplay the hurt I see present in so many's eyes. Now is not the time to shrink back passively nor is it the time to lash out aggressively, but rather the time to reach out to those around us hurting and offer our open hands and open arms. I cannot stress to you the importance of empathy that minorities around us need right now.
We cannot know what it is like to be you! should be the cry of our hearts, help us! Teach us! Let us learn how to best love and support you.
Justify, blame, wave away, shame, ignore if you will, but that does not change the fact that the fear and hurt that people feel is real, regardless of if you feel it as well or not. I will not degrade those around me by saying that “God’s got this”. Hear me, I know without a shadow that the Lord has got a plan- a big, vast, and beautiful plan to restore and redeem- but this plan does not include racism, sexism, ageism or any other form of injustice our broken humanity struggles with. He can take anything and create beauty from ashes, but do not go so far as to take our own free will out of the picture. The Lord did not bring upon injustice, humanity did. Do not passively wave it away, attributing all responsibility to the Most Holy. Just because He is sovereign over all does not mean there won't be brokenness and hurting in the midst of a broken and hurting world.
WE are the people. Saying that doesn't disregard the fact that many are scared and hurting, but rather brings to light the decision that we face in moving forward. Let us be a people that cries out for justice, and does so compassionately. Let us be people who do not simply just shake our fists, but who stand together in solidarity for the oppressed. Let us be a people who stop blaming and start brainstorming solutions. Let us be a people who come together, unified against the darkness. Let us be people who bleed kindness- from the man working on wall street to the man sleeping on the street. Let us ban together, crying for justice. Let us not grow weary of being the voice for those who don't have one. Let us hold every beating heart in our hands, saying look at you! You are worthy of life and love and compassion and fullness and truth.
Let it start with us.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.