We Are All Bombers.

Oh America.

I felt so helpless this morning as I prayed for the people in Boston. How Lord, have we gotten here?

They don’t know who planted those bombs but surely it’s the question on everyone’s mind. Was it a McVeigh or an Al-Zarqawi. The answer changes the context but not the bottom line.

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(Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Here’s how you know we live in a civilized nation: As the bombs exploded, cops, firemen and volunteers ran toward the blast, offering brave and selfless effort on behalf of strangers. As Mr. Rogers’ Facebook meme said yesterday, when something scary happens, people always run to help. May God richly bless you public servants and kindhearts everywhere.

Here’s how you know we don’t live in a civilized nation: All of us inflict lesser forms violence on one another every day. Given the ease with which we can do it on-line with no personal consequence, we spew hate on Facebook, slander our President, denigrate other cultures and shoot the bird in traffic, running up on their bumper to make sure they know we hate them for cutting us off.

Is it so hard to imagine that Boston’s bombing is the same behavior writ large? It’s hate. It’s unforgiveness. It’s our unregenerate, unrepentant human selves running the show like we know what we are doing.  Like the coward who planted the bombs in Boston, we hide behind online profiles and wheel of our car. Rarely do we call someone an asshole to their face. We the plant bomb and run.

We are releasing our frustration and negativity into the world, in ways we believe are harmless. But our personal violence has spiritual impact on this planet we don’t even understand.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Evil celebrates every time a bomb explodes or a name is slandered. So when we pray to our God today, thinking ourselves righteous and civilized, asking how such evil happens, pause and consider that it happens everyday in our own hearts.

Friends, the answer is Jesus.

As he was mocked, whipped then tortured to death he said, “Lord please forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”

We don’t know. We are selfish, fearful, unforgiving little creatures who carry all the potential in the universe to become the love of God. But if we could do it without him, we’d have done it by now. Jesus is the love of God incarnate, the Prince of Peace and the Messiah who came to the world, not judge it, but to save it. John 3:16-17.

It’s still our choice to believe that and live accordingly.

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5 thoughts on “We Are All Bombers.

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  2. This was a beautifully written piece. You are very talented! But I take exception to the use of “We”. I believe the way you think is the way you will go. I believe that Jesus felt the same. I totally get what you are trying to say and I could by no means ever write as eloquently as you have, but it is all in the way “we” say things. There are many in this world who are not selfish and fearful and I believe there are very few who would do harm. Maybe I am naive, but that is how I will live my life and create that energy around me. It is right to mention the wrongs in this world, but don’t dwell on them. I fell terribly for those who have been injured but evil does not happen any day in my heart.

    • I agree with you Joanne. There are so many people being great lights in the world that it’s unfair to lump them in. We is the word I chose to make sure to include myself in the indictment. I want to believe I am innocent of hatred, but the truth is, I’m not. I’ve done all those things I listed and I was making the point that garden variety hatred, that is so easily dismissed as normal, might have more to do with these acts of violence than “we” care to admit. However, I applaud people like yourself, that are devoted to light and love. I’m praying for it myself. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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