tMy heart aches for the young wife and mother who lost her husband and two children in a horrific accident early Saturday morning on the 91 Freeway in Artesia. (See story here). Similarly, people across this nation are mourning the recent killing of two African American men – one in Baton Rouge, the other in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. And our hearts are still tender following the killing last week of five Dallas police officers. Most of us do not personally know the families of the victims in either of these cases. Yet, we still mourn. We grieve too because we can all relate to loss. We all know what it’s like to lose someone or something. Whether it’s a job, house, our health or loved one, we all know….. Loss hurts.
I believe one of the lessons that can be learned from the tragedies of life is that we are more alike than we are different. We all hurt. We all have fears, and we all suffer loss. At the same time, we all want safe and clean neighborhoods in which to raise our children, and so on. If that were not the case, how then do we explain the outpouring of emotion this past week from coast to coast concerning the deaths of men that most of us have never met. We’ve not met their families, but our heart breaks too. We somehow feel their pain.
In this moment, failing to recognize that we are more connected than we are disconnected is like fighting blind. We have more similarities than dissimilarities regardless of race, ethnicity or social status. By failing to recognize this fact we fall right into the hands of the enemy. It’s his job to create distractions that turn our focus to what divides us as a nation rather than what can bring us together. It’s my prayer that the children of God recognize this ruse for what it is and respond accordingly. This is a spiritual battle that can only be won with spiritual armor. Trying to fight the enemy of our soul any other way is like fighting blind. Ask yourself, who goes into battle wearing a blindfold?
Meditate on this: “Put on the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:11-12.