The POTUS proclaims, the governors respond and social media explodes. Not with suicide bombs but with vitriolic opinions. I hate to be quoted saying this but…
Sometimes I get the impression those most opinionated are the least informed.
I mean really, I don’t have the answers. Neither do I have all of the facts. And I don’t want to react emotionally and spew more hatred into heart-wrenching crisis.
NO SIMPLE ANSWERS
What is the solution? Probably not ranting, name-calling and taking sides. Those opposed to immediate placement of refugees near our homes are condemned and called un-Christian. I wonder if the scripture-quoting name-callers are willing to do anything once they get here or if they will shuck the task entirely to the government. The other side decries the unmet needs in our own country. I wonder how many of them are actually meeting any of those needs.
Luke 10:29,”But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” HCSB
WHAT DO YOU CARE?
People are often willing to share their views but likely nothing else. I don’t condemn anyone’s opinion except when they care more about expressing it than caring for humanity. So I will keep my personal opinions to myself. I know, that’s a first.
1 John 2:9, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.” NIV
Yesterday I visited a local pantry which ministers to those with “food insecurity.” What a lovely term for hungry and desperate people. I have contributed (albeit small amounts) to food pantries before, but I have never walked smack into a cramped waiting area filled with human faces complete with eyes. Eyes that looked at me. Although I was dressed in jeans and a plain gray shirt, I was clearly out of place. A woman filling out forms in order to receive a sack of groceries fixed her curious look on me. I averted my gaze as I spun my wedding ring on my finger to hide the carats. I signed up to serve. Will it make a difference? Maybe not for them but for me, yes. Yes it will make a difference to me.
Luke 3:11-12, “And the crowds asked him, ‘What then shall we do?’ And he answered them, ‘Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.’” ESV
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CORNER OF THE WORLD
Start where you live. If you see a need, meet it. If you don’t, you probably need to get out more. Take care of your neighbor. Take care of your community. Take care of Syrian refugees if you get the opportunity.
But keep your opinion. Your opinion changes nothing. Your actions do.
1 John 3:18-20, “My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.” MSG
What the world needs now is love sweet love.
That is the answer. We need the love of Jesus. And we need to share it, not opinion. We have enough of that.