Thursday’s killings at Ft. Hood bring a range of emotions including anger. When was the last time you were really angry?
As I drove home late Thursday evening, I listened to news coverage of the events. Early reports indicated the lone shooter is a Muslim who urged others to “stand up against the Aggressor.” The sense of outrage and anger was almost tangible.
The next thing I knew, I was thinking of a doctor friend of mine who works at one of the VA clinics in Cincinnati. He’s a Muslim and originally from Pakistan. I remember Ed Nye talking about Muslims who have experienced dreams or visions revealing Christ. Then I started praying for the doctor along those lines and for the safety of him and his family. If you know me, you know this does not come naturally. I lean heavily toward Truth and Justice in these kinds of situations.
Before you think I’ve lost my mind, consider what Paul wrote in Romans 12:14-21:
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly Never be conceited. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Read it a few times. Let it sink in. Overcome evil with good.