The Bible states in the John 11:35 that Jesus wept (read John 11:1-44) upon hearing the news of Lazarus’ death. Just as Jesus showed compassion towards his friends Mary and Martha who mourned the death of their brother, I believe the heart of God is grieved while full of compassion towards those who are mourning the loss of loved ones this week. In the last two days, we have witnessed graphic cell phone video capturing the deaths of two African American men who were killed by police. As if this weren’t enough tragedy for the week, a suspected lone gunman tried to settle the score Thursday evening by shooting to death five Dallas police officers and injuring innocent bystanders who were nearing the end of what otherwise would have a been a peaceful rally against questionable police practices across this country.
Whether sinner or saint, there can be no more denying that this nation is in trouble. We cannot allow civilized discourse to be replaced by gun violence as the way to respond to disagreements or injustices, no matter how grievous. An “eye for an eye” philosophy will never solve our problems. Darkness cannot be overcome by more darkness. The Word of God is clear on this. And while the world has changed, thankfully, the Word of God has not. Only love can conquer hate. God is love. Therefore, love is the supreme power of the universe. Again, LOVE is the supreme power of the universe. It is not hatred nor is it bigotry – both powerful forces that appear to be winning at the moment. Yet, because love is stronger than hate, those who choose to demonstrate love will always be on the winning side, no matter what it looks like today.
Meditate on this: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. — John 8:12