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Trading Hysteria for Holiness

Photo Credit: Tom Olohan

It’s official: I don’t want to raise children in a world in which mass hysteria runs rampant throughout the country.

There were prayers for peace for everyone affected by the horrific attack in Charlottesville for days after the tragic events. Following Charlottesville, the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized and a Confederate monument was pulled down in broad daylight, bringing more and more attention to a nationwide debate over statues. On countless Facebook and Twitter pages, I saw the CBS report on ridding the Icelandic population of Down syndrome children through eugenics. Then, Barcelona was attacked that Thursday afternoon, leaving at least 14 people killed and many more injured. Naturally, ISIS claimed responsibility. Next thing you know, the country is again divided on the decision to send more troops into the Middle East.

Wow. Rough couple of weeks to say the least.

As a Christian, my heart is heavy with the weight of the world. The sinfulness manifested in thousands of people this week is surely grieving the Holy Spirit, and the sinful condition of the world is angering to the point of sheer rage.

Angered? Yes.

Surprised? Why should I be?

People all over the nation are angry, and when given another reason to manifest that anger, their vehement rage erodes any shred of morality once held, often concluding in violence or threats of it. This tense political and social climate has been brewing for years, and finally, hysteria has seemingly swept the country away.

Domestically, we have race relations that are at best unstable and at worst chaotic. We have a global culture that doesn’t respect life. We have a terror organization that has infiltrated countries all over the globe. And suddenly, we’re shocked that these horrors keep occurring.

Or maybe we’re not shocked. Maybe we’re just confused. While God is still on the throne, it is becoming awfully difficult to comprehend His sovereignty. Christians are often asked, “If there is a God, then why does he let terrible things happen to people?” And to that I reply, “I can’t answer that question.”

But I will leave you with this:

The wonderful thing about God is that His sovereignty doesn’t depend on whether or not we understand it.

So, the next time the Internet is engulfed in hysteria, people deface monuments of great leaders, unborn children are killed for having an extra chromosome, or people are killed by a vehicle driving into crowds, whether at home or abroad, I will not be shocked. I will not let myself follow the crowd and become hysteric. I will let my anger move me to compassion, and my heartache move me to positive action. Most importantly, I will allow every sin to act as a reminder of the world’s, and my own, need for Jesus.

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