Chaplain’s Column: Responding to Heartbreak and Conflict
The last few days have been terrible for me. First my friend Benny Harris passed away. Not many people worked and served the SCV like Benny. He believed that any job worth doing was worth doing right. It seemed that Benny was going to do great things for the SCV but the Lord called him home early. I will miss him so much.
Then many have chosen to remove our confederate flag from display in as many places as possible. We are being told that it is a symbol of hate and the politically correct crowd takes action. The removal of this flag will not stop hate or racism in this country. I am very put out by those who think that the removal of this flag will solve all our problems.
Another event that happened was the legalization of same sex marriage in all 50 states. This, to me, was judicial activism practiced by the top court of our land. It looks like states rights are a thing of the past. The morality of our country is going down. In listening to the news, this is so apparent to me.
The question immediately comes to mind is how do we respond to this? There is a positive way to handle conflict. Luke 23:34 reveals how our Savior responded when He was wrongly accused, unfairly judged, and killed for something He didn’t do. Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
By the Holy Spirit, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Don't worry about the assignments God gives you. We've read this page-turner and know that we win in the end! When a man makes alliance with the Almighty, giants look like grasshoppers. I believe the first thing we should do is pray and listen to the Holy Spirit to direct us. Either you believe Romans 8:28 or you don’t. And if you do, you can entrust yourself to the Lord, knowing that He has your best interest at heart, will take care of you, and won’t ever leave your side. When you embrace these truths, you’ll have no reason to be anxious.
Please remember to pray for our country, the Harris family and all the others on our prayer list.