Image: By D Sharon Pruitt [CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
It’s been a week since the attacks on Paris, and I think that it’s fair to say many of us are still feeling broken.
Maybe even more so.
These last several days, the world has erupted in so much rage over what should be done.
People of the same religion are fighting among themselves based on what they think God says.
Political parties are using these tragedies to further agendas. Political candidates are using these tragedies as platforms for what they would do in these situations should they be elected.
Citizens of just about every nation in the world are arguing with their friends and neighbors over what they believe is the best solution.
Some are angry that not enough media attention has been given to countries with similar tragedies. Some are angry that not enough care is being taken of those who already need help, and that resources shouldn’t be given to new people groups also needing care.
Plenty of people are frustrated about history repeating itself, and that had enough people cared to learn about history, we wouldn’t be in these situations.
The fear that is pervading our world right now is overwhelming.
It’s scary. We are being terrorized and it’s working.
What are the solutions? What is the answer?
There is no local, state, or national government that agrees on what to do. There is no religion or political party that agrees among themselves on what to do.
It’s disheartening. It’s terrifying. It’s burdensome.
I have no great answers, God knows I wish I did. But I do know that our decision to remain divided among ourselves will destroy us. I know that the only universal truth we have is love. This is what we all must fervently hang on to right now.
Before you post, tweet, email, or yell, ask yourself if it’s real, true, and necessary, or if it’s fear-based argumentative noise. Does it hurt or provide hope? Does it build up or tear down? Are you bringing people together or apart?