We’re taking a break from our typical home blogs this week. The circumstances facing our country are heart-wrenching and tragic. The divisiveness, anger, and hate that we have fallen victim to has started to tear to pieces the very foundation of love and hope that we as a nation have come to be known for. I have felt compelled to write or comment myself on the situation we are in, but can’t quite find the words to describe how I feel. For that matter, I’m not a 100% sure how I feel about the circumstances at all. That being said, I wanted to share a passage from the Bible that has always stuck with me.
“12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!…”
-1 Samuel 12: 1-7
This whole conflict is centered around our differences- different races, different social and economic statuses, different beliefs; but the solution lies within each of us. Don’t misinterpret the point of the above passage. The lesson doesn’t lie in the finances, races, or beliefs of the rich and poor man. The lesson is that David was quick to lash out against others without first examining his own faults.
I believe in God. I believe that God has the same love for each and every one of us, regardless of our differences. I believe he truly cares for us as His children in the same way we do for our own children. Like everyone else, I forget this at times (and so I’m not excluding myself), but I know it to be true. Having said that, think about the love you have for your children. Think about the hope and dreams you have for their wellbeing. Then, consider the way you view and speak to others because, in the big scheme of things, we are all equally important to a loving Creator.
Here is another passage that may serve as a guide in the midst of this turmoil:
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4-13
We build homes for a living, but ultimately this country is home to all of us. We should strive to protect it from the destruction of hate!