Rarely do I post anything of this nature, because I dislike how politics prevents important topics from being addressed and laws from being passed.
I did not hear about the shooting in Oregon until much later in the day yesterday. I waited a little while longer and said a prayer, before I read anything more, because I knew I would be drawn into a highly emotional and tragic situation.
While it’s hard for me to take a political stance, I have respect for the office of the president and the person who resides in it. Last night, President Obama spoke to us and called us to action.
As citizens of this country, we can contact our representatives and let them know we want gun laws changed.
Columbine, Aurora, Charleston, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Roseburg, Oregon. I should not be able to name those places, and yet I can think of at least a dozen more. But they aren’t just names and locations, they are lives cut short and families changed forever.
We can pray, and I will continue to lift up these families over the coming hours and days, but we can take action and help make a positive change. We live in a democracy for a reason and we have elected officials to speak on our behalf.
I am guilty of voting and not doing much else, but we each have a voice. This certainly compels me to write a letter to my representatives and let them know this issue is important to me.
We live in a sinful, confusing world, where it’s hard to swallow any type of tragedy. But even in the midst of sadness and grief, we are called to love Jesus and love our neighbors. It is my only comfort to know that God is with us and hears our cries.
16 “As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.” – Psalm 55:16-18 (NIV)