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CLARITY – 8-1-18 Comparing Tragedies


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-1-18


Comparing Tragedies


What’s Happening:  “Whether you speak of the lady who lost all nine members of her family on the Duckboat that swamped recently in Branson, Missouri or the fireman who lost his home to fire in the Carr blaze near Redding, California last week while fighting the  Ferguson wildfire near Yosemite, you almost have cry for their loss…even if it wasn’t your own ( ‘It’s just hard ― it’s so overwhelming, it’s hard to put into words,’  Shyla, the firefighter’s wife, lamented.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “What can I do?”


Biblical Response:  “Pray…then give (I know the firefighter’s got a GoFundMe page…the woman who lost her family to drowning probably does too). It’s just too easy to read about these tragedies, shake our heads in amazement, and take another sip of coffee, but practical help is so appreciated. Sure, all tragedy (like politics) is local, but nonetheless real!What is needed is practical sympathy. Let me illustrate it this way:


An aged man led his tired and ancient horse down a cobbled street making deliveries at first one house and then another. The wagon the horse was pulling seemed overloaded, but the horse struggled on. Suddenly the horse just laid down and breathed his last…almost in relief. People began to gather around the old man weeping on the curb. Finally, a man from the crowd took off his hat,and passed it around. He had put a couple of coins in it and said, “I care this much. How much do you care?


“Christians? We are called to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15). But more than just weeping or wagging our heads in sympathy. we need to help where we can. There is a tragedy a week it seems. And I know that God is speaking words of comfort and instruction in these dire circumstances, but some practical sympathy from us is also called for (James 2:16-17). What an opportunity for the Church to shine!’”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to identify with the circumstances of others and fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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