Everyone is talking about Boko Haram, ISIS and the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. It’s enough to make you lose hope in humanity and become really cynical. Sometimes I have to remind myself that most people really do live at peace with one another.
The pictures from this week’s Paris Unity Rally are beautiful. World leaders and anonymous citizens stood together in a ratio of 1 million to 1 against the attackers. Did you realize that? That 3.7 million people marched in peace in Paris?
On one side, we see the bloodshed of a very small army of people consumed with hatred and anger – and on the other side, we see millions walking arm in arm in peace and unity. Which is more compelling?
Humans have fought down tyranny and brutality throughout history: Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin, Khmer Rouge, the Rwandan genocide… Their agendas of violence ultimately fell because pervasive evil is not sustainable among those created in the image of God. Humans are inherently drawn to kindness, forgiveness, grace, compassion, happiness, peace… and love.
I need to be brave enough to show love to people consumed with hatred and anger. I feel emboldened by the good example set by the Parisians – everyone – this week. So good. All good.