This Friday, just two days from now, we “celebrate” the anniversary of the most mournful day in human history. The Apostle John says to the seven churches in Asia at the beginning of his recorded Revelation, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” (Rev.1:7 – NASB) But this morning I wonder if we are capable of mourning.
My feed reader this AM had a little over 400 stories in it. As I scanned the headlines only two – 2 – mentioned Belgium or Brussels and one of those was in the context of what the candidates should “learn” from what happened yesterday. The Cruz victory in Utah was massive. The Bush endorsement of Cruz is very, very newsworthy. But there are over 30 people dead in Brussels and hundreds injured, and I can’t get it out of my mind. I wonder if the media have any concept of mourning whatsoever. One of the stories I saw this morning was starting to examine the victims of yesterday’s attacks, but it was just one and it was not getting much traffic. I’ve read stories on the policy implications of yesterday on everything from currency valuations to the Brexit. I have read all sorts of stories about the attackers, actually more speculation than story, but regardless. But what about the survivors? There the real pain lies. The dead feel no pain, but those close to them feel so much.
In my own, personal Bible study group last night we failed to pray for Brussels! Of this I am ashamed.
We are afraid to face the pain and so we turn to, well, just about anything else. Continue Reading