I ran as I watched it on the TV.
As I watched an event unfold that should tear us all to pieces.
But when I looked around, I saw nothing out of the ordinary.
A few glances at the TV, then right back to lifting weights, biking or staring at a screen.
As I ran and saw the headline “Florida High School Shooting” I got angrier.
I got to the point where I couldn’t just run, watch and wait as if that would do anything for the parents, husbands, wives, mothers, daughters, brothers to these students and faculty who probably stood there stunned by what they saw.
When I realized how upset I was and I looked around, I was more angry at myself and the people around me than I was at the event.
School shootings may be more common than ever, but that doesn’t mean they should be easier to forget. Just because I’m not from Florida doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be devastated by this. Just because I didn’t know anyone personally, doesn’t mean my heart shouldn’t be shattered- and not for one second before I go back to doing my own thing.
Just because I have school, work, homework, meetings, doesn’t mean I can’t stop to recognize the devastation that is going on.
As I write this and hear laughter and conversations about other things I’m saddened. I’m saddened that a place such as a Christian university, I saw and heard of nobody taking a moment to stop what they were doing and just pray.
I’m saddened because people will see this on the news and be upset, but only as long as they want to be. Their phone will buzz and they might bring it up, but most likely, they’ll continue on with their conversation.
Lives, young lives, were lost today, and many before them in a crime that I will never understand. Lives were lost. Does that mean anything to us anymore?
As Christians, we’re told to pray about everything: Philippians 4:6.
Is that something we are committed to?
Are we so self-involved that we have forgotten how to care for our brothers and sisters that aren’t in our “bubble”? These people might be hundreds of miles away, but that doesn’t mean we should care less, pray less, listen less or love less.
I often wondered what people meant when they said Christians aren’t as unified as they could be. Now I can understand why that might be.
I hope that this article makes you feel hurt, sad and honestly convicted as I have felt. Convicted to remember that these are precious lives that in God’s eyes, are just as important as ours. None of our lives are more important than another, no matter the distance, the difference in culture, race, age, gender etc.
How much time are we willing to take away from our own lives, to think about others, to mourn, cry, hurt, pray and love with others during horrific moments like these.
I encourage you to think about these things, Christian or not. How careless are you willing to allow the society you live in, to be?