Hi gang! This is the first of a two-part idea I want to share today. Read carefully below, then check back later this afternoon for the conclusion, entitled “Root of the Problem…and Embracing the Solution!”
If you live in the US, do you remember the brutal massacre at Columbine High School in 1999? It opened our eyes to school violence and it was abhorred by every sensible person in America. We vowed never to allow that to happen again.
Almost 20 years later, shootings at schools, churches and other public places have become so commonplace many hardly even make the news. By and large, we have become desensitized to them, making such news so ho-hum we don’t even read or watch it. So, stick with me here!
Is it any wonder, then, we seldom give a second thought to the atrocities taking place in Syria. Since 2011, 500,000 people (almost all of them regular citizens, including children) have been killed, 5 million have been displaced to foreign lands, and another 6 million have been displaced within Syria. Citizens are crying out for attention to the situation, and help from the international community. But it falls on deaf, desensitized ears. No one seems to care that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by the Russians, has consistently used chemical weapons on his own people, and his troops have literally bombed the life out of many cities.
Why is this? Have we learned nothing from the past? Prior to and during the Holocaust, people and nations turned a blind eye. Afterward, there was a cry of “Never again!” Why do we wait until the carnage is done before we make a move? Are we so oblivious to the value of life and so desensitized to the brutality that we fail to even notice what’s going on?
I don’t believe it is a conscious choice (for most), but we seem to give little attention to things of which we have become desensitized. May I gently remind us all that every life matters to our Creator? In fact, may I share a few pictures of those who feel neglected and forgotten? Each one is a real person, with a name. We may not know the name, but the Creator does!
As you peruse the pictures below, will you commit 5 minutes right now to pray for these precious people, and thousands others they represent? Let’s also ask the Lord to burden our hearts for those who are suffering. Perhaps we can’t go there and do something, but every one of us can pray. Let’s engage in the battle on our knees! (Then remember to check back this afternoon!)