JESUS AND PLACES OF PAIN 1
This is a picture from Google Images titled "Rwanda genocide."
When you have a moment, type in the Google Images window these places--Rwanda, Congo, and Darfur (in Sudan)--and browse through the pictures. Be prepared. Some of the pictures show graphic violence.
It's the pictures of the children that get to me.
Look at this terrified child. What has he or she seen? Or, what is she or he looking at the moment the camera clicked? What is this child's future? Is he or she still alive?
Why did I write about Jesus and conflict in the previous post? Why do we have to think about Jesus and the bloody violence of his day? Jesus saw this sad situation often as massacres occurred in his day. What did Jesus do? He personally cared for some, but not all. He left the massive crises to us--his "second body."
It has become trendy to ask W.W.J.D.?
I think Jesus is calling out and mobilizing thousands of deeply compassionate and active people who will go "to the places of pain" on this planet and pray there and stay there and love there, with food and shelter and medicine and water and clothes...and, most of all, hope.
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:37
"Then these righteous ones will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?' And the King will tell them, `I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!' " Matthew 25:37-40
Can we hear Jesus also say, "I was abandoned in Rwanda/Congo/Darfur/New Orleans/wherever children are left to die and you took me in"?