News of war, political unrest and disasters are not new to many of us here in North America. However, when they are all occurring at the same time, compounding on top of one another, it almost feel like darkness and hopelessness have taken over.
The most recent atrocity occurred last week when a Malaysian Airliner, flight MH17, got caught in the middle of the fight between Ukraine and the rebel forces. It was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine by a surface-to-air-missile. 298 innocent people lost their lives.
Then there are the ongoing issues in the Middle East. Israel has been in conflict with Hamas for the past couple of weeks and does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. Rockets and missiles have been flying both ways from Israel and from Gaza. The death toll resulting from this recent conflict, is climbing up to 700.
Lastly, the unrest in Iraq (due to the militant group ISIS) has Iraqi Christians fleeing their homes as they are forced to convert to Islam, pay a hefty tax, or face death.
We, as Christ followers, are often called as the agents of light because Jesus is the Light of the world. So how should we respond to all these different crises?
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." - 1 Cor 13:13 (NIV)
Crossroads Global CEO, Dr. John Hull reminds us that while we are not able to be like Secretary of State John Kerry, who could sit down and talk directly to the parties involved, we CAN be the Agents of Light in the midst of the darkness.
"Faith, Hope and Love are like 3 candles that can light our world," John says.
We can take the candles of Faith and Hope into our neighborhood today and bring light to the corner where there is darkness. And amidst all the darkness, we can bring Love - the greatest thing that we can bring. Using the candle of Love, we can see people with compassion, seeing them through the eyes of Jesus Christ. This will also shed light onto our own perspectives and hearts.
Remember, because Jesus Christ the Light of the world lives in us, we have the ability to light our world.