To say that I am one of the millions perplexed by the state of our country would be my greatest understatement to date. Thinking that I am the only one wanting to write about it would be my greatest ignorance as well, but I digress.
We are in a constant state of debate and more so than ever before. We have entered into a social, spiritual, and now physical battlefield due to disagreement and dissatisfaction. I am realizing more and more how content we are in being discontent. Complaining does not need company but it seems to draw more attention when it has it, does it not?
Everywhere we watch, see, or hear we are being pulled into this discontent noise. One group says _____lives matter; the other ____lives matter. This has pulled me into a place I have been to before; we all want to matter. Every single person ever created wants to matter to the world because at the depth of their being God is whispering that they do. And if God says we matter but we enter our work space, social life, and any other part of our life where that thought is met with disagreement, we jump into defense and into that battleground. We enter this space to prove we are worth taking, making, moving, breathing, working.
We enter into battle when we could see the value in agreeing about disagreeing or if the miracle of agreeing happens, agreeing to agree. We do not have to approve or completely submit to any notion that is given to us. We also do not have to enter a space with hate as our shield.
I think my greatest concern is that we have all lost the value of taking time to decide how we want to react and come across. So many have chosen to ignore this gift when there lies so much power in it.
When I was in college, I was involved in the Kony 2012 movement (a nationwide campaign to stop warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda). While I was printing fliers, a man come up to me aggressively asking why I was participating. As we talked, the conversation slowed and became civil. Near the end he asked, “Why do you care so much about people who you do not even know in a country you have never been to?” I responded, “If it were you, in my country, I would fight the same. And I do.” He remained quiet for a while and thanked me as he left. I do not know this man’s name nor his story, but because he was created with purpose, whether I know what that purpose is or not, I will fight for him. We are in a horrific place as a nation. This does not surprise God and should not surprise us. I also do not have answers as to why the things that are happening are happening other than we are human and can be prone to ugly. I do know that we have several options in our responses and I think that is worth sharing with you about.
“The true expression of nonviolence is compassion. Some people seem to think that compassion is just a passive emotional response instead of rational stimulus to action. To experience genuine compassion is to develop a feeling of closeness to others combined with a sense of responsibility for their welfare.”
We are in a position to take up arms in a Christly manner in the defense of all lives. As I said before, all of these new life campaigns have one thing in common, they promote that each and every life matters. I matter. You matter. We matter.
The greatest of arms we can take up is recognizing the power of promoting the value of each and every individual thriving in this already difficult life.
With trust in Him and alongside you,
Alli Sue Lance
Alli Sue Lance is an artist, writer, creative, and lover of Jesus. She lives in Murrieta, CA and works at Centerpoint Church doing administration and youth ministry.
Her ultimate goal is to further the name of Jesus through authentically loving people. Her hope in contributing to Her Roar is to do that through sharing her greatest failures and successes for the benefit of our readers.
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