Hello Sweet Cheer: My Frustration in Tragedy


My Frustration in Tragedy

Happy Wednesday, friends!

So I plan to get a little bit real today.  Sorry in advance for my offensive beliefs.  Not really that sorry, actually.

     In the midst of the tragedy in Boston last week anyone and everyone was posting about it on social media.  From condolences and sadness, to frustration and confusion, some even felt the need to make bold statements about life and society.  These things aren't what I was frustrated with.  Where I have a problem is with the response of a man named Patton Oswalt.  His response was shared, reposted, reblogged, retweeted and any other way people knew to pass it on.  All you have to do is google his name and "Boston" in the same search bar and his response will come up on every major news website.  I'll let you read it and try to figure out why I became frustrated by it.

Boston. ******* horrible. 
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.” 
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. 
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness. 
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago. 
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” - Patton Oswalt

     Okay here's the deal… I can respect the idea here.  I get it, he's trying to bring out the positive side of this incredible tragedy.  He's trying to point out that some good has come from it.  People have helped, people have loved, people have pulled up their bootstraps and served one another.  I love that!  I'm glad we are recognizing the fact that it's not all bad.

     But hear this… We are inherently evil.  This is where my beliefs (and hopefully yours if you love Jesus) get offensive.  The Gospel is offensive, and it MUST be or it ceases to be the Gospel.  We are born sinners, and we are NOT. GOOD.  We are bad.  We are completely undeserving of EVERYTHING the Lord has done.  It's when we begin to view ourselves as "good people" that we no longer see our need for a Savior.  Convincing people they are "good" is one of Satan's biggest ploys here in the States.  He makes you think you're good and you can do it all on your own, therefore causing you to believe that you don't need Jesus!  This is vital to understanding salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He came and died for us not because we deserve salvation… but because He gets Glory through Christ's death and resurrection!  This is GOOD NEWS!  No, we are not good.  No, we are not deserving.  DESPITE our sinfulness and DESPITE our rejection of God, HE STILL CAME.  HE STILL SAVED ME.  Isn't that SO MUCH BETTER than just thinking I'm good?  I sure think so!

Okay, off my soap box.  On a completely different note, I GOT A JOB TODAY!

     I'm so thrilled to have landed an awesome babysitting gig.  I get to hang out with 7 year old twin girls part-time all summer!  It pays well and works with everything I've got planned!  I'm overjoyed with how the Lord so sweetly provides for me!  Time and time again, He provides.

     Hope your week has been stellar, people!  Wednesday is the new Friday!!


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