We Are In This Together

We Are In This Together August 27, 2013

Syria.

Chemical Warfare.

Innocent children and adults killed.

Political instability.

Denial.

Blame.

Egypt.

Churches burnt.

Religious oppression.

Political instability.

Worshippers killed.

Anguish.

Russia.

Economic disaster.

Growing coldness to the US.

Persecuting gays and lesbians.

Exodus.

Sadness.

North Korea.

Gaining nuclear weaponry.

Inexperienced leader.

Needs to keep nation in crisis to hold power.

Systematic, brutal suppression of disagreement.

Powder-keg near an open flame.

Fear.

United States

Barely “united” any more.

Dems and Reps can’t/won’t sit at a table together.

Public discourse informed by nastiness without civility.

Growing divide between desperately poor and obscenely rich.

Sounds like first century or third world countries.

Or France before the French Revolution.

Instability grows.

Children suffer most of all.

Religious Institutions

Concerned with own survival.

Poaching off each other.

Celebrity “pastors” getting rich on backs of the hopeless.

Past scandals now exposed and exposing decay deep within.

Minimal life transformation.

Our planet grows increasingly ill.

Water shortages threaten millions.

Deserts swallow forests.

Plastic bits choke fish.

Poisoned water, fake food, poor health.

But on the other hand . . .

Parents and other adults

Love their children.

Sacrifice to get them school supplies.

Send them off to dedicated, poorly paid educators.

New worlds open up.

Individuals

See injustice.

Work quietly to right it.

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked.

Fight for the innocent.

Put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.

Some Ethical Businesses

Care for their employees.

Pay fair wages and benefits.

Offer good products at reasonable prices.

Operate out of an ethical core.

People called of God

Choose intentional holiness and self-sacrifice.

Give generously.

Pray faithfully.

Serve with humility.

Confess their own sins, not the sins of others.

Receive their own forgiveness and then spread it out around them.

Invite those they touch into a place of grace.

The earth heals itself.

Recycling catches on.

Healthy foods grow in availability.

Toxins being banned.

Xeriscaping brings beauty.

Rains do come.

Life fights to win over death.

We are in this together.

The complex, interconnected world could take us all down.

Or could lift us all up.

We are not hopeless or helpless.

We must not be passive, or think that our own survival is all the matters.

Yes, we are in this together.

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  • Interesting post, you make a few intreaguing points. Baring what you’ve written in mind, you may be interested in something I wrote a while ago: http://rileyfrost.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/what-are-the-concequences-of-military-intervention-in-syria/

  • Interesting post, you make a few intreaguing points. Baring what you’ve written in mind, you may be interested in something I wrote a while ago: http://rileyfrost.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/what-are-the-concequences-of-military-intervention-in-syria/

  • Well said. I’m just sad all those good ones can only make this much and there are the bad ones that keep on getting everything worse. I hope cartoons are right, that good wins over evil.

  • Well said. I’m just sad all those good ones can only make this much and there are the bad ones that keep on getting everything worse. I hope cartoons are right, that good wins over evil.

  • Well said. I’m just sad all those good ones can only make this much and there are the bad ones that keep on getting everything worse. I hope cartoons are right, that good wins over evil.

  • Don Wiley

    hmmmm… Christy, we see a different world. My faith calls me to be in connection and to serve, not to spend my life in anguish over what is going on. Frankly, I believe it’s one of those highly American upper-middle-class-guilt things that is definitely a First World Problem. My African and Honduran brothers and sisters are not wailing and gnashing their teeth about these things. They are joyfully finding ways to do the very best they can for others and searching for new ways to do more.

    I found one of the ways to move through this when I was on the initial ride up the mountainside on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was surrounded by the most overwhelming sense of hopelessness as I rode in our minivan, up through the endless sea of slums that were non existent 12 years ago, to the mission where we would serve for 6 days.

    I did not know why I was there. How could I help a million functionally homeless people? What could I do that would make any difference? If the billions of dollars and tens of thousands of aid workers couldn’t make a real dent, what was I going to do that day, that week ? This was a level of futility that I could not grasp before…

    So I prayed… that God would do with me whatever I could do, that I would be willing eyes. ears, hands and feet for him… because this was God-size. And my sense of futility and purposelessness lifted – this was a God-size problem: I would leave it in His loving hands and do my best to serve. Amazing things happened amidst that setting. Peace, forgiveness, sharing, healing, feeding, worship….fellowship. All I had to do was… to depend on Him…

    Perhaps our greatest anguish is when we come to the realization that we have become so distant from our Savior because we have become accustomed to doing things on our own…

  • Don Wiley

    hmmmm… Christy, we see a different world. My faith calls me to be in connection and to serve, not to spend my life in anguish over what is going on. Frankly, I believe it’s one of those highly American upper-middle-class-guilt things that is definitely a First World Problem. My African and Honduran brothers and sisters are not wailing and gnashing their teeth about these things. They are joyfully finding ways to do the very best they can for others and searching for new ways to do more.

    I found one of the ways to move through this when I was on the initial ride up the mountainside on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was surrounded by the most overwhelming sense of hopelessness as I rode in our minivan, up through the endless sea of slums that were non existent 12 years ago, to the mission where we would serve for 6 days.

    I did not know why I was there. How could I help a million functionally homeless people? What could I do that would make any difference? If the billions of dollars and tens of thousands of aid workers couldn’t make a real dent, what was I going to do that day, that week ? This was a level of futility that I could not grasp before…

    So I prayed… that God would do with me whatever I could do, that I would be willing eyes. ears, hands and feet for him… because this was God-size. And my sense of futility and purposelessness lifted – this was a God-size problem: I would leave it in His loving hands and do my best to serve. Amazing things happened amidst that setting. Peace, forgiveness, sharing, healing, feeding, worship….fellowship. All I had to do was… to depend on Him…

    Perhaps our greatest anguish is when we come to the realization that we have become so distant from our Savior because we have become accustomed to doing things on our own…