“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss wrote this in The Lorax. It appears simple and straightforward, but carries deep meaning.
With the killing of young Michael Brown, the community roared out with cries of pain and injustice. People want change. People want better. We should always want better. These wounds and issues are now in our faces, and we have to face them as individuals and as a community. Instead of pushing for better changes using the ways that caused these wounds and issues, let us find a new way. That way is in Christ. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). There are a lot of things that we do not know or fully understand. We must pray and trust. We must pray for understanding and then trust that our Lord will guide us. He only wants good for us. We must trust that. Trusting that is the better way.
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11). We cannot continue divided. Pray for each other. Pray for our government leaders and community leaders. Love each other. We all have faults. We all have problems. Help one another. Be united. Do not stand alone to fight against the world. Stand united to better the world. Stand together as a neighborhood. Then a city. Then a state. Then a nation. Then create a better world. We need to build a better world. Do not tear down our city through killings or riots. Do not tear down our world. We cannot continue divided. There is a better way. The better way is unity in Christ.
Miles Dela Cruz (Development Manager, Theater/Music/Academic Mentor)