Chapter 15: 72 Hours in America
*TRIGGER WARNING: I don’t know how these work, per sé. However, if I’m doing this correctly, then understand that I am going to be talking about issues involving gun violence. Viewer discretion is advised if this is a sensitive topic for you.*
I have refrained from discussing politics in this blog for reasons such as “Everyone who reads this blog has a view on the world that could possibly be different than mine. On a blog that attempts to teach people to be better, it’s not my place to tell them that their views are wrong, especially if they’re not hurting people.” or “I would rather not ruffle feathers and have my blog be taken down as a whole.” I have also chose to stray away from topics that relate to the utterly horrific & disgusting manmade tragedies that take place in this world because “it’s not the place to do it”. However, while in church today, I felt the urge within me to scrap the topic I had ready & write a new chapter based on the last 72 hours in this country alone.
”Wednesday, a white man with a history of violence shot and killed two African-Americans, seemingly at random, at a Kentucky Kroger store following a failed attempt to barge into a black church. After mail bombs were being sent to people who'd been criticized by the President, a suspect was arrested Friday -- a man who had railed against Democrats and minorities with hate-filled messages online. And Saturday morning, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people attending Jewish services.“ (for more information, search “72 Hours in America” on Google & find the CNN article. I'd rather not link it below.)
This happened all in the course of 72 hours. Three horrific crimes conducted by three evil people in the tune of the same song: HATE. Usually, when it comes to these sort of things, I’ve grown to become very desensitized and neutral to hearing these headlines. It’s sad, but it’s normal....read that again. It’s sad, but it’s normal. There was literally a time where I was out with friends, one of them read a headline about a shooting, and I caught myself saying “Damn. Another one, huh? Can you pass the ketchup?” Do you understand how normal it has become to hear about this type of evil? This should not normal & we should all be outraged. However, when do we have the time to do that anyway? Something is ALWAYS going on. If people aren‘t healing, then they’re hurting. Too much toil and strife is occurring that it really makes you wonder ”where the hell is GOD!?!?”
But do you know how angry God gets when this happens? God‘s feelings towards adversity are not really talked about because we’re so conditioned to that ”God controls ALL things” sentiment that we forget the power of God‘s wrath. When Dad gets angry, he gets ANGRY! We are all his children, so whenever he sees the devil have his way with us & put harm in our way, he gets furious. No one messes with his babies. I constantly think to myself "Yo, I do NOT want to be on Earth the day Jesus comes back for y'all cuz...whew chile!" He's not coming back all nice with unicorns, ponies, and rainbows. FORGET ALL'AT! He is not coming back as "The Lamb of God", but as "The Lion of Judah". Just to prove it:
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.
- Revelation 19: 11-16
God saw what has been happening and sees what is going on. Don't worry. We are not alone in how we feel. As angry, as frustrated, as hopeless and powerless as we may feel, God is planning his return to avenge us. Do not fret. God is on our side and he's going to pop off on all things that have harmed us and it's going to be more than we could ever imagine or hope for. The justice that we have longed for will be more than I could even express. Everything I'm writing is an understatement to what God is going to do for us.
You may be thinking "Lucien, that's cute and all. But what do we do until then?" Good point. With this situation alone, one of the best things I could advise you to do (if you're 18 and older) that will cause drastic change (good change if you do it correctly) is go out and
VOTE!!!!! On November 6th, go out and do your part. Make the change you want to see in the world. Do your research on who you believe is the right person to represent the values that you hold near and dear to your heart. Also, spread love and kindness to all you come across. It sounds so cheesy, I get it. But at times like these AND every other time, we need LOVE spread to all areas. Don't just wait for another tragedy to take place for you to spread positivity. DO IT NOW! Above all, pray about it. Talk to people. Talk to God. Though the past 72 hours were awful, the next 72 hours could be glorious. It's up to us.
(It is absolutely troubling to think about, but I always consider how I would personally feel if someone I knew/love was intertwined in this. With that said, please keep all the victims and families of all the tragedies mentioned above in your prayers.)
Sincerely Yours Sometimes,
PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: PANIC! At The Disco - High Hopes
(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)