Jul. 12, 2016

Hidden Motives


A very close friendship group of mine experienced a death among its members. The decision was made to send a sympathy card from the group. There was confusion regarding when the card would be mailed, how long to wait before sending the card and communication was poor regarding whose names would be included. The card was sealed, stamped and slipped into the mail.

A person showed up after this wanting to sign the card. It was explained that there was some confusion and that the card had already been stamped and put in the mail. This person ended up very hurt and insulted. They were convinced that they were somehow treated differently than the rest of the group.

Here’s my question: Was the goal to support the person through sympathetic actions or to have a signature on that card?

Today, a past President and a current President spoke to a grieving city regarding a very tragic and devastating time in their history. I can’t tell you that, if I were a family member, I would have wanted to grieve on national TV with two political leaders present. However, I believe the families sacrificed their own needs in order to allow the time and place for the nation to grieve together.

Sounds good, right?

So….Facebook lights up once again. Those pro-Bush want to brag on how well he did, which he did very well. Those who are pro-Obama want to voice how much they appreciate his commitment to a less-violent America, which he is and always has been. Those anti-Bush asked, “Why was he there and he didn’t speak very long.” Those anti-Obama accused our President of using the time as a political opportunity to spread his propaganda.  You do realize he leaves the job in January 2017, right?

Here’s my question: Was the goal to support, grieve with and remember the families or to use the opportunity to critique your arch enemy?

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the problem in America is ineffective and distracted Christians. How does your critique of such a solemn service benefit our hurting community?

“Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

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