Violence sent it’s tremors across our land once again. Before our eyes at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we watched the Wounded, the Healers and the Warriors take action.
The physical act of bombing demanded the physical response of many. But the physical injuries sustained in Boston were not the only injuries. Countless souls were also injured. The concussive blast of the bomb was physical but the act of terror was psychological, even spiritual.
As we watched the continuous loop across our news, the ripples of terror caused by a boulder dropping into our peaceful pond, transcended from Boston and coursed through a nation’s soul.
Like many, I spent the week shocked, sorrowful and scared. I felt like darkness was winning and I wanted to hide and take my family with me. Our peace had been ripped apart. The boulder had forced the peace from our pond and it could not be undone.
How do we answer when it appears evil won?
As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
James said it this way:
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 NKJV
Our answer to evil is this: cause our own ripples in the pond. You see as our good causes ripples they expand and interrupt the ripples of evil sent out by terror. We interrupt each concussive ripple of evil with overwhelming good.
What good do the wounded do?
- The wounded ask for help
- They receive
- They call the healers and warriors to action
- They represent how all of us need the healing love of God the Father
What good do the healers do?
- They see
- They respond
- They focus their time, resources, and attention to the critically injured first and work out from there.
- They communicate vital information when passing the care of the wounded to another.
- Most of all, they let the wounded know they are not alone in their suffering and pain.
What good do the warriors do?
- They clear the path for the healers to get to the wounded
- They maintain a safe perimeter so the healers can focus on their work
- They pursue the enemy when the situation turns from crisis to stable
- They seek justice and love mercy
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 NIV
Are you wounded? Than do your part, ask for help and call everyone to action.
Are you a healer? Then respond
Are you a warrior? Then stand guard
Do these things where you live, because you never know when you cross paths with a wounded person and interrupt the path of darkness in their heart by overwhelming them with God’s light.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.