Will You Weep With Me?

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  2. Tom says:

    Thank you for this perspective. Largely because of your suggestions, we did devote the intercessory prayer at our (white) church today to mourning the 7 men who were victims; their parents who lost sons; their wives/girlfriends who lost husbands/boyfriends; and their children who lost fathers.

    And pleaded for God to bring His kingdom here on earth. He is our only hope, but He is a sure hope.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Yes, weeping with you.

  4. Sarah says:

    Found my way here via a friend on Facebook. Thanks for your beautiful words, and gracious responses to your commenters as well.

  5. Brian Hawkins says:

    To those demanding action, I honestly think that activism can easily become a part of the problem. We see almost immediately activists using a tragedy to further their cause. Even when the cause is just, sometimes I wonder if they really care about the sacredness of life any more than the officer who pulled the trigger. There is not a great lack of activity, but there is a great lack of _lamentation_ driving that activism, which is why it can so quickly turn sour.

  6. Toonna says:

    “Faith, without works, is dead”

    Yes we must mourn, and pray, but why do sons and daughters of God not act? Why do we not recognize our Father has given us the reasoning, resources, and will to act?

    Issa Rae set up a GoFundMe for Alton Sterling’s family that has raise almost $600,000 is under 72 hours, another GoFundMe page has raise over $115,000 for the family of Philando Castile. With the hope that these monies will be put to their intended use, these are actions that I see that seem to put faith to shame, which seems blasphemous even as I write it.

    We will mourn the tragedy of the state of the world, and we can pray that God may do only what He can do; change the hearts of men, then we must act and influence the situation as much as we can in love.

    “14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” ~ James 2

    1. Brian says:

      Amen! I couldn’t agree more. Our boots have to hit the ground. Our faith and words have to become actions.

    2. James says:

      This is good. It’s real. I can understand more, and feel conviction…
      Thank you.

  7. Theo says:

    So will you weep over the murder of 5 police officers in Dallas? The men and women in blue put their lives on the line to protect people of every color every day. No they aren’t perfect people but no one complains when they take the bullet or stop the criminal. I hope to see a response to the “peaceful” protest in Dallas or is it that only black lives that matter?

    1. Brian says:

      Theo,
      I did weep last night as the news broke and my heart is broken this morning. I weep over the tragic loss of life for all people created in the image of God. I’m leading my church family to lament together on Sunday for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and all of the officers who were killed or wounded last night. Yes, I am still weeping and praying for God to have mercy and bring peace.

    2. Theo I think everyone feels sorry for the police officers who were killed in Dallas. Only a psychopath or a truly despicable human would see that attack as justified or ok.

      However, the ambush of police by criminals doesn’t mean peaceful protest should be stopped when it concerns injustice by officers of authority against innocent civilians. We shouldn’t equate the acts of a criminal with those of peaceful protesters. Whenever a police officer is killed in the line of duty there should be sorrow. But there should be moral outrage and anger when a civilian is executed by an individual sworn to uphold the law and to protect society.

      While the deaths of the black men and police officers are both tragic. They are not the same.

  8. T says:

    I wept today…and wept. and wept. I watched that video and wished I could leave this planet. I long for the Lord to come and restore this sin-sick world. May it be soon.

  9. Kinda feels like weeping is the least we can do. Maybe we could see actual involvement by communities to prevent these things from happening. Maybe find a way to hold the authorities accountable. Otherwise it’s just wasted tears, outrage, and hashtags. Without actual action by all communities, not just those affected or likely to be victims, we’ll never see change.

    1. Brian says:

      Jonathan, thanks for the reply. I agree. Lament is only the first step, but it is a necessary one. The pain that we feel has to spur us to action. I’m praying that God gives his people courage and compassion to both weep and act.

  10. Eddie says:

    Amen bro’!

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