I’m going to split this into two parts. The first post will be more about the public chaos that is going on around me. The second, a little more personal.
I cannot open my Facebook without reading something about the chaos in America right now. Of course, the biggest piece of news is the horrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the aftermath of such a tragedy. I’ve become consumed with reading about the victims, following the court case, and reading the responses from celebrities, churches, and citizens alike. My heart breaks repeatedly for their loss. It’s overwhelming.
Also, there is the Penn State punishment and all the backlash from students and fans, as well as the reaction on the other side. People ranting back and forth about what is fair and what is right. Opinions formed in anger on both sides of the issue. It’s not the opinions I’m having issue with. It’s the use of anger and hate as a justifiable format to express it.
Then, I got on Facebook this morning (I have no idea why at this point), and I read comments about the Muppets pulling their product from Chick-Fil-A happy meals in response to the comments the president of the company made about marriage. I couldn’t help scrolling through the comments arguing both sides with personal attacks on the commentators, themselves. I read again found statements on both sides of the issue, filled with venomous hate.
I sit here today completely overwhelmed as a Christian, as an American, as a human. The world has always been a place full of hurt and hate (and to be fair, joy and love). This isn’t news. I just feel like it’s all coming at me at once. Then, I remember:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
I think I’m going to stay off the news feed for a while, and spend some time with God. 🙂