Hey all, I’m sitting here flicking through Facebook and wondering – why am I silenced by all I see. And when I say I’m silenced, I mean for a talker, there are no words to describe how I feel about what I see. There’s a constant barrage of hate, put-downs, name throwing towards strangers online, some might call it trolling. There are ridiculous small punishments for horrendous crimes, the glorification of prisoners coming home from overseas by the media and personal agenda creeping into business, corporate and political circles. There’s the banter if you dare disagree with someone that you hate them or are intolerant. There are the rights of ‘I’ before the responsibility of ‘I’.
And with all we see it’s easy and understandable why you can just shrug your shoulders and go – I don’t care, I don’t know what to do about it, can I even say what I think we should do about it? But maybe that’s part of the problem – we look at society which clearly needs change and apply a “i” mantra, when maybe the question is, what should ‘we’ be doing in response to what ‘we’ see.
Who is this “we” she speaks of? Well, the ‘we’ could be the people you do life with, share a house with, work with. But -we could even draw the circle a little closer and say the ‘we’ is God and Me. What does He say about what He sees? How does His heartbreak for the lonely, hurting and broken. We used to sing a song that said ‘break my heart for what breaks yours, everything I have for your kingdoms cause...‘ .I’ve often thought, as the words have left my lips. Do I really want to know what breaks His heart, I mean do I really what to experience the heartbreak God feels about what He sees happening in the corners of the earth? And the answer is yes, I do want to know how He feels about it all, and with comes, the free steak knives, of yes, it might hurt. I mean, we might be changed with compassion towards people we previously judged, or maybe we have such indignation about the injustice we see, that we, dare ask the question of God – what do you want me to do about it?
The song also utters the words, ‘everything I have for your kingdoms cause‘. This is where the rubber hits the road. I know that if we dare ask God, to show us His heart on the matter, that He is also going to reveal to us the action He is calling us to do in response to the matter. It could be simple, it could be small or it could be earth-changing marvelous and costly. And so as I ramble my thoughts at you via my keyboard – I ask this one simple question – are you brave enough to ask God to break your heart for what breaks His, every day and respond to it? I hope I am
Until next time, happy pondering xx
Republished with permission. First published on sozotalk.wordpress.com on 1st January 2017