Read Luke 21
The other morning I was sitting with my newborn baby daughterwatching the news while she fell back asleep in my arms. As we rocked my attention passed between her and the news of the day. I don’t remember them exactly, but I know they were bad. Coverage of a bombing, a hijacking, or some other such thing, and I wondered allowed, “how much longer can this go on?”
I didn’t really have an answer at the time until I read this, a reminder of things already covered in Matthew, yes, but a good reminder each and every day that we see things like this. It is hard to not get calloused, to not become indifferent at this news. All bad all the time and its hard to find any comfort in that.
Certainly, as those who are called to show the love of God, we need to be mindful of our reactions, especially to those who want to do us harm. “Love your enemy,” Jesus says, “Do good to those who hate you;” “Pray for those who persecute you.” Never are we to become inhospitible, even to those who would do us harm.
At the same time, though, it is important for us to not become indifferent to these injustices either. It is easy to turn a blind eye to things that happen over-seas, but we are called to “mourn with those who mourn.” So we pray for Paris, for Ankara, for Brussels, and every place marked by such violence.
Finally, it is important to remember this: God is still on the throne. Jesus says here that “these things have to happen.” While it is painful to watch so much violence, one thing is sure: the end is coming and Jesus will return to make all things right.