I can’t escape. All the planes crashing, troops invading, drought expanding, markets plunging, jobs disappearing—they’ve all been coming rapid fire this week. My social media streams have exploded with updates about catastrophe after catastrophe. News sites scream headlines about loss of life all over the world. My phone keeps buzzing with another breaking story about disaster.
I sometimes just have to turn it all off. To breathe.
So, what’s a Christian to do when there’s so much devastation being thrown our way all at once? Paul Brandels Raushenbush, executive religion editor at the Huffington Post, took a stab at answering this when he, too, felt the weight of so much happening in one day:
“What a horrible day. Israel has begun a ground offensive in Gaza, the White House is on lockdown, and a plane has been shot down in Ukraine. Today’s news piles on an already shaking landscape of ISIS in Iraq, immigrant children suffering on the U.S. border, and still missing Nigerian girls.”
For Raushenbush, the main thing we need to do is remember that we aren’t powerless. Despite how overwhelming it might seem, we can, as humans, make a difference:
“But we are not impotent, and this is not ‘happening to us.’ We, the human race, are doing this to ourselves. These aren’t natural disasters, or “acts of God.” It’s just us, humans, having completely lost our humanity. We are warring, and hurting, and intentionally or unintentionally killing one another through direct assault or indifference and neglect.”
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