The other morning while driving to work I was, as usual, listening to K-LOVE. While I would like to set off on a whole rant of why you should also be listening to K-LOVE, I wont. Though, you should definitely check out their site and see if they broadcast in your area (yes, they broadcast nationally.) Anyways, back to the point I was beginning to make... a guy called into the radio station and said that he was struggling with all the killing and hurt taking place in our world today. He went on to say that he has started to do something about it. It is this: Every time the media gets filled with something bad that has happened, he makes a point to do something good. He used the example of mowing his lawn and then deciding to just mow his neighbor's lawn, too. Or picking up the tab for someone's dinner.
I began thinking about how his call may have impacted all the listeners. You know, sort of putting even an inkling of an idea in heads. Imagine if each listener started doing the same? K-LOVE has a very large following.
But, then... what if, instead of just doing 1 act of kindness for each "bad story" we hear ... what if we do an act of kindness for each individual that fell victim to the hate? For example, 3 acts of kindness - one for Montrell Jackson, one for Brad Garagola, and one for Matthew Gerald -- the 3 officers killed in Baton Rouge last week. 1 act of kindness for Philando Castile, killed by police in St Paul during a traffic stop. See what I mean?
Purposefully doing something in honor of the victim, despite any and all differences. A life taken, whether right or wrong, is just that -- a life taken.
If we choose to acknowledge the hate by turning a blind eye, we are not helping the growing situation, we are fueling it. God wants us to love each and every person -- unconditionally. 1 John 4:7 (NIV) says "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." He didn't put any stipulation on who we are to love, other than "one another."
In fact, we are to "Get rid of all the bitterness, rage and anger..." according to Ephesians 4:31. It does nothing but breed hate. And hate, my friends, is no bueno.
I mean, imagine if just you and 2 friends did this. Your acts of kindness will impact all of those involved. Those negative feelings that hate has tried to grow will be counteracted by the positive charge of your act of love. The more acts of love, the more fires of rage that get extinguished. Its an old concept, yes... but it doesn't work if we don't make it work! It doesn't need to start with hundreds -- only one. You, me, that guy sitting across from you right now, your neighbor's cousin's uncle's mother's great Aunt Sally. Just one person can make the difference.
Let's make love an action and purposefully act out LOVE!! Pinky promise?