It’ been very hard to watch the news lately. Last night, in my hotel room, I surfed the channels and would happen upon the news station….and I just passed right on by, not wanting to be confronted with what’s going on half way around the world. It’s just too heartbreaking to face.
This disaster in Asia has been very difficult for us all to wrap our heads around. We read John Piper’s reasoning as to why God caused this tragedy. We see many religious “leaders” on CNN or Fox news talking about the tsunami as a revenge acted upon people who don’t practice a certain faith in a higher power. To me it seems like we are all ants arguing about the loud noise that a jet liner makes as it passes overhead. We really have no clue how it all ties together.
The other day I was having a conversation with my father in law whom I respect a great deal. We were just talking about the devastation, the horror of what has happened in Asia. We both aired our frustrations about how many on t.v. have misrepresented who God is in the context of this tragedy. My father-in-law had just presided over a funeral the other day and at that funeral he referenced the story of Lazarus. He talked to me about how It says in John that Jesus “wept” for the death of Lazarus. There were two seperate people who approached Jesus upon his arrival to Judea and they say “If only you were here, Lazarus would not have died.” It’s like they are giving Jesus a guilt trip for not being there. The thing that strikes me is that Jesus actually was heart broken by the death of his friend Lazarus, even though in just a short time, he would raise Lazarus from the dead. I can’t help but wonder why Jesus would actually be moved to tears when he knew he would soon be alive again. Maybe Jesus didn’t know. Maybe the act of raising Lazarus from the dead wasn’t something Jesus knew he would do before he actually did it. It says that Jesus wept after he witnessed the sadness of mary and martha. Maybe he was just moved not by his own sadness but the sadness of others.
Needless to say, I’m not a theological expert. I play the drums for a living and I am not going pretend to understand all of this (Caveman Lawyer). But for some reason, the story of Lazarus gave me an insight to how God may be interacting with us in our times of struggle and tragedy. He cares. He hurts when we hurt. And now that we, the church, are the body of Christ in this world, maybe he wants us to act….much like Christ did with Lazarus. I’m not saying we start raising those we have lost from the dead, but I believe we are to exaust ourselves in contribution to the healing and rebuilding process. I pray that in 6 months from now, when something else takes up the space of our twenty-four hour news channels, we are still commited to the healing and rebuilding process of not only this disaster, but all other daily tragedies our neighbors on this earth experience. sorry if this post doesn’t make sense. i’m kind of drunk and just got done playing a show. peace.