I tend to think so. After a week like we have been through with the political crap we seem to get on a regular basis and the senseless killling of the precious Amish girls it would be easy to say I'm hunkering down and going to try to just survive. That doesn't sound like a good idea. It doesn't sound like God to me either.
I will turn back to the words of Bono from the book U2 by U2. This is a pretty honest look at humanity.
" In a little while, this hurt will hurt no more, I'll be home, love. I'm good at apology songs. I've had to be."
"Christ described the assembled gathering as sheep, which I think is one of the best metaphors for mankind. There's such comedy in that. Have you ever watched a flock of sheep? No one is in charge. They change direction without any seeming logic. I love the idea of human beings (and don't take this personally because I'm one of them) believing they are in charge of their own destiny. For all the progress and all the enlightenment we have had, I do see us kind of stumbling around. There's a sort of audacious side of human being that puts himself at the center of the universe. I'm capable of it in lots of ways, reasoning with the Almighty, doing deals. The big question for me , is not if we believe in God but, much more importantly, does God believe in us?"
Sometimes I wonder too? I believe He does believe in us. He is more mindful that we are but dust than we are of ourselves. He knows of the evil we are capable of but he has seen mankind rise up and accomplish some wonderful things. We can again. I'm feeling a real change in myself that gives me hope. There are some wonderful examples even today. Watching the Amish community act with such forgiveness and grace is an example of what we can be in the face of such evil. Learning to live as Christ would have us will never fail. I believe this. Returning vile for vile or violence for violence will always lead us down a dead end road to more vile and violence.
My prayer is to live like I believe it. I can no longer live with my conscience if I don't. Somedays are better than others. I am a work in progress. But I march on towards the goal. We cannot let those, sidetract us, who would try to take all that is good and trample it underfoot. We will not stop them by fighting or by yelling louder. We must defeat hate with love. Even if it cost us everything.