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Don't Let More Terror Make Us Terrible

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 22/03/2016 Amy Crumpton

This is not a political piece I'm writing; it's a personal one. It's a prescription for individuals to cure the terminal hate infecting our world. It's heavy because my heart is breaking over the disintegration of our culture.
Our global community is stunned again by terrorist attacks, this time in Brussels. We are mortified by what we see and are aware there is so much more we don't see in persecuted communities around the world.
Our hearts ache, our heads spin, and our blood pressure rises. It's deeply tempting to let accusations and vengeance rule our rhetoric and relationships.
But I implore you--don't.
Don't let fear take us further down a road of in fighting and division. We already have too much of it. As attitudes and actions based in bitterness and hostility grow, terror is prevailing even without bombs. We are puppets in heinous hands when we react out of fear and hate.
The answer is NOT to further separate into parties and politics and prejudice at a time like this.
There is another way.We can let our righteous anger rally us to fierce love.
To compassion, kindness, kinship, and collaboration, no matter what side of the dangerous fence we find ourselves stomping on.
Seriously, those of us who know the God of Light must take the first step. If we don't lead the way, our battered, broken society will walk even further toward disdain and darkness. There is no hope for us there.
Our hope lies in the hands and hearts of the people.
We must be committed to relentless grace.
For each life lost in the Brussels tragedy and precious lives lost to violence and hate every day, we will honor them as we pay forward intentional acts of kindness and compassion.
Yes, to those who worship, vote, look like, sound like, and agree with us.
But even more powerfully- to those who DON'T.
31 Think of the kindness you wish others would show you; do the same for them. Listen, what's the big deal if you love people who already love you? Even scoundrels do that much! ...If you want to be extraordinary--love your enemies! Do good without restraint! Lend with abandon! Don't expect anything in return! Then you'll receive the truly great reward--you will be children of the Most High--for God is kind to the ungrateful and those who are wicked. 36 So imitate God and be truly compassionate, the way your Father is. (Luke 6:31-36)
Hey, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. I just write about it and ask Jesus to help me follow through.
Will you join me?
Here's to seeing and spreading His light in a world that feels dim today.
originally posted on The Purpose Dweller Project

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