James 1:27

It’s been almost a week since the attack in Dallas and I’m still trying to work out a response to the madness. However, I saw the attached video yesterday while reading through the news and it affected deeply.

James 1: 27 says, ” Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Those in the world who rejoice at the news of these murders, you are not only a disgrace to humanity but have also done a disservice to the Lord.

Despite your actions, however, we still pray you with the same sincerity with which we pray for the families of the fallen. Matthew 5: 43-45 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

It would easy to dismiss that commandment as “cheap talk,” as if anyone could really love the person(s) actively working against them, except for the fact that Jesus didn’t just give us a guide book on behavior – He provided a living example. Despite his pain, torture, and death, my Lord cried out for mercy for his persecutors, saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” If He could do it, so can I.

Looking for the black and white in a gray-scale world