There's Some Good in this World
It’s a sobering Monday, and I’m sure we all have the Orlando tragedy on our minds today. It follows the tragic death of three Clarksburg High School students last week. For me, it follows the news I received some time ago of the deaths of dozens of Nazarenes, along with others, in an attack in Ethiopia. Once again we find ourselves trying to sort out and cope with the horrendous news of tragic loss while at the same time reminding ourselves and being grateful for all the good that’s in the world. Our oldest daughter Rebekah sent along something actor Sean Astin (Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) posted on his Facebook page. It’s a portion of the dialogue between Sam and Frodo in The Two Towers —
FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
Someone once described the human race as “glorious ruins,” created in the image of God for a noble purpose — but fallen, sinful, and needing redeemed. That’s right on. There’s the potential for good in all of us, but we need God to fully realize that goodness in our lives. And so, on this Monday we grieve the latest tragedies, pray for the families of the victims, and stand on the certain hope we have in God that He is setting this world right again and we can be a part of that effort. Against that backdrop, Ephesians 5:15-16 comes to mind — “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity for the days are evil.” There is something worth fighting for! And my prayer is that God’s people, Christ followers like you and like me, will see it and fight for it and live clearly and courageously for Christ in these days. Let’s pray and love and serve and make the most of the opportunities we have to make the world a better place in Jesus’ name today!
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