Today we have all be shocked and grieved by the Boston Marathon dual bombings. 3 people have been killed and 148 have been injured. Here are a few of my musings as I have listened and watched the emerging story.
1) The greatest thing we can do is pray. Pray for the injured. Pray for the Emergency Personnel. Pray for the families of the people who have died. Pray for the people of Boston who are now in fear. Pray for the Bombers for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Pray great faith filled prayers of hope.
2) I think one of the best responses other than prayer is to focus on the helpers. Yes the person who set the bombs is a sick individual or a member of a sick organization, but the people who rushed into the scene to help, greatly outnumbered the bomber as he was cowardly rushing in the opposite direction. We can focus on the evil of humanity, and there is certainly some truth in that, but the good of the human collective is always shown in tragic events like this. I choose to focus on the good and as I speak to my daughters about this event or indeed any terrorist event, that’s what I get them to focus on.
3) In the immediate aftermath of an event, I am always saddened by the people who take opportunity to further their particular cause. Whether it be a racist cause, blaming the Saudi’s as I saw one tweet from a news commentator did:- or blaming the US Senate’s failure to appoint a Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Commissioner;- or push their pet conspiracy theory; Now is not the time.
4) Recently I preached on Globalization. The bombings are a classic example of the Global Village. An event 13,000 kilometres away weighs heavy on our emotions, impacts sharemarkets around the world, and dominates our Social Media feeds – all in almost real time.
5) At this stage, 3 Americans have been killed. So sad. However over the weekend 50 people in Iraq were also killed. I want to make sure that I am not influenced by the media’s biased weighting of people’s lives. The people in Iraq matter just as much as the people in Boston. I will feel sad for both groups of people and will pray for all their families