“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’” —John 8:12 (NRSV).
In light of the recent mass shootings, I began to think about the different responses in the media, including social media. Some were seeking answers. Others were pointing fingers. Even more were demanding change.
My response, which may step on some toes, follows: We are the answer. Those fingers are pointing at us, too. The change begins with each of us.
I rarely respond to contentious subjects on social media unless the discussion is civil. After two back-to-back shootings, discussions began to emerge with gun control leading the pack. I’m not going to address that issue.
Our Actions or the Lack of is the Issue
In one of the “civil” social media posts, I responded with the following: “We need more Christ- followers who reach out to the hurting, the disenfranchised, the lost, the lonely, the angry, and the mentally ill. Warming a pew each Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian.
“Jesus left the building and spent time with the very people mentioned above. If we claim to be a Christian, we need to be following in His footsteps. Kindness begets kindness. Apathy breeds apathy. Hate breeds hate. Each one of us can make a difference, one person at a time.”
New Testament scholar Scot McKnight says, “Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.”
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SOURCE: Assist News, Carol Round