Some people are really good at it, hitting their target most every time, dead center – bullseye. My younger brother (a marksman in the Air Force) once told me he could remove certain parts of a fly’s anatomy at 50 paces with a .45 – that’s impressive. Unfortunately, such could never be proven because if he were to actually hit the fly there would be no fly left to validate his claim. If you’re like me, however, you may not be able to hit the broadside of a barn with a .45 or any other weapon; but there are so very many out on the streets today who have a deadeye with a stone. In fact, if throwing stones were an Olympic sport, they would take the gold, but it’s fool’s gold.
Needless to say, I do not speak of literal stones, the kind you pick up from the ground, but the ones stored away in a person’s heart and flung from our lips in anger and bitterness – words. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, Proverbs 18:18 tells us. The Message Bible reads, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” The tragic events of the past week weigh heavy on our mind, lives have been shattered; our hearts ache, we grieve, we mourn and rightly so, but throwing stones will neither solve the issues we face or bring lasting relief to our pain and suffering. As our pastor pointed out; No matter how heinous the actions of another may indeed be, a sinful response can never be justified.
I am a lifelong Dallasite, and though I now live about 30 miles east of the city, Dallas will always be the place I call home, and I am devastated at what has taken place on the streets and sidewalks I have tread many many miles over the years. No, I don’t understand why, and there is no answer that will make sense of it, but what I do know is this; If we want to heal, individually, or corporately as a city, community, state, or a nation, we must turn to the healer – Jesus. There is no other resource available to us with the ability to fix broken humanity.
NOTE: Although we were not at the Forney campus yesterday where the sermons are produced for video and audio, I know it will be worthwhile for all who find themselves still dazed with an overflowing pocketful of questions to watch or listen to the message brought by Pastor David Griffin just click this link https://vimeo.com/174236652. You may also find the recent post at randyjwade.com “Tragedy In Dallas” helpful.