The actions which took place this previous week in Arizona encapsulate both the best in man and the absolute worst. People in the media speak to the unprecedented political clambering, bringing disagreement to disunion and contention leading to violent outbursts. What these people fail to realize is that throughout human history from the time of Cain and Abel, man has been capable of fulfilling a vast range of action from pure evil to the most unselfish bravery and sacrifice. It is only in times of great upheaval, immense uncertainty, trials, tribulations unseen before, that man in his fickle imperfection, will both rise to higher levels, pushing the expectations of the next generation and fall to even greater depths of destruction and despair. September 11th provides an example of unparalleled service as first responders ran into the smoking World Trade Centers, undaunted by the fear of personal injury and death.
What the events in Arizona again have crystalized, is that in the face of the utmost evil, people will rise to the occasion in selfless, heroic, honorable ways. When a volunteer staff member for the Congresswoman Giffords will tend to her wounds, focusing on her before his own safety we see the best in humans. This has been proven true throughout history. Even when the roots of country were still shallow and without much depth, our leaders were willing to meet the challenges. Our society oftentimes, praises action and there is no doubt to the heroic nature of this type of service. There is however another type of service, one requiring something more than instinctive, trained responses. An illustration of this comes in none other than John Adams,eventually the second President of the United States. A leader whose persistence in working towards independence, month after month, debating, working on over 20 committees, working through sickness, exhaustion, and extended periods away from family, all underline characteristics which speak to the greatness of devotion in the face of adversity.
More fully, it has become clear that man without a focus on service, charity, and most importantly God will stray off the path of righteousness and decency into a world of brokenness. The only path that brings eternal rewards is the one which demands service to God by serving others. IT is through our service to others which will illustrate our love, devotion, and sacrifice for God. There will be times when we don’t understand why something happens, it appears senseless, destructive, deadly, but even in these midst, we see people reaching out, reflecting the love of Christ in their actions. Coming to the aid of the hurting, feeding those going hungry, putting our faith into practicing, living out what we say we believe.
This post is obviously running into a ton of different issues: God’s providence, evil, human bravery, sacrifice, heroism, but all of them stem from either a devotion to God or occurs when someone is devoid of God.