In a world of 24-hour news it would appear as if the world is coming apart at the seams. Real life horror stories are played over and over again in a 30 second loop. Economic collapse, race wars, youth violence, terrorism, murder, political unrest, World War III looms over us stalking every shadow and waiting around every corner. The sensationalist media tells us to bar our windows and doors, stay glued to their programming, and wait for them to give us the all clear.
Yet we wait in vain. They will never give us the all clear because it is bad for business. They can’t give us the all clear because regardless of what they lead us to believe, they don’t have answers; they don’t have solutions.
Our news outlets pick out the worst horror stories in order to convince us that all is without hope – no change for the better will ever be in the forecast.
Change for the better will never come as long as we continue to believe and act on sensationalist lies. Change for the better will never come as long as we stayed glued with fear and anxiety to our television sets drinking deep the angst inducing 30 second loops. Change will never come until we realize that we are the change we’ve been waiting for.
When challenged about the greatest of all Holy Law, Jesus answered:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” –Matthew 22
Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself. In both of these we have failed. Especially now, we have failed to love our neighbors -those around us- as we love ourselves. If we would take care to love those, actively love through rendering compassion and aide to those around us, we would make great headway in changing the horrific climate surrounding us.
The news will always fail to report acts of great human compassion because it fails to bring in ratings. However, our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities, our country would feel the impact of our collective acts. We would see the change we so desperately desire if we would but act. It begins with us, in our homes, choosing to be the change.
Be brave. Be the change.