A Crazy World, a Crazy Idea

This morning as a drove into the parking lot at work the song “Crazy Enough” by MercyMe was playing in my car, and the flags in front of our building were still flying at half mast because of the Saturday shooting in Arizona. Since I don’t believe in coincidences, I started thinking about what kind of post this could inspire.

It seems this world has gone a little crazy. A man shoots a congresswoman and many in the crowd around her, killing six people including a 9-year-old girl. And that’s just one day’s news. The story made the news because it involved a public figure and occurred in a crowd. But people are killed, children are abused, spouses are battered, and worse every day without generating headlines.

I was surprised by some of the reactions to the Arizona shooting. One of my Facebook friends posted a link to the article, and one of her friends commented, “The chickens of this FOX, Tea Party lunacy are starting to come home to roost.” Really? I wondered whether this person saw the irony of their own contempt for those with political or ideological beliefs different from their own that are contained within that statement. What is the point of blaming the outrageous crime of one clearly disturbed individual on a group of people with different beliefs, without even knowing if he belonged to that group? But that seems to be the state of our world today; on all sides of the many political, ideological, and religious fences that divide us there is contempt and hatred. The world seems to have gone crazy.

Or maybe it has not yet gone crazy enough? Maybe we should take a cue from MercyMe, and one by one try this insane approach:

Call me crazy but what if we learn
To love our brother for nothing in return?
Oh how the rules would change

Reaching out to the ones who need help
Treating them as you first would treat yourself
Now that would be insane

It may just be crazy enough
To work if we could only love
What if we somehow changed the world?
It may just be crazy enough

It is a crazy idea, but it’s not new. Loving others, even those who think differently than we do, was taught by Christ in His sermon on the mount. After all the beatitudes and teachings about the law, adultery, divorce, and anger, Jesus said:

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.  But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48.

If you are a liberal Democrat and you are kind only to other liberal Democrats, what good does that do for the world? If you are a conservative Republican and you are kind only to other conservative Republicans, how are you helping make the world a better place? If you are a Christian, but you speak ill of atheists, Muslims, Hindus, and even Christians in other denominations, and do not love them as God does, what good are you doing for the Kingdom of God?

I can’t change how other people act, what they say, or how they treat those who are different from them. But I can try to implement a crazy idea and show love and kindness to others regardless of whether I agree with them. I can endeavor to “be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20. I can pray and ask God to help me share His love with the world, even those in the world who seem so unloveable.

Call me crazy, but if enough people were determined to implement this crazy plan, maybe we could change the world. If not the world, maybe the life of at least one other person who is reeling from the tragedy and hatred all around them. Will you be crazy with me? If you will, then that’s at least two other people we can impact together.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


13 Responses

  1. Wonderful!

    (As you may see, I’m slowly working my way through your past blogs.)

    Joan Uda, a retired Methodist minister, writes a weekly column in both the
    Helena and Great Falls, Montana newspapers (She and her husband Lowell, also a retired minister, live in Helena.) Recently she asked what would happen if all of us were to practise loving all our legislators, of either party? And what would happen if they started loving all of us, of either party? (And, sad to say, she got several very negative comments in the paper for asking that.) Like you said – “crazy.” But count us in anyway.

    • Pete, I’m glad you are enjoying some of my older posts. I find it quite interesting to see which of my older posts get read quite a bit. There are a handful that are regularly read because they fit a recurring Google search. Tears in a Bottle is one in particular, and one called The Importance of Prepositions (though I doubt the people who search for that last one find what they were intending). Sometimes I even learn something by re-reading something I posted a while back, or at least am reminded of something important God taught me once. 🙂 Thanks for reading. Peace, Linda

    • Rea, I recently watched Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. There is a great line where Alice asks her dad if she is mad or crazy, and he replies, “I’m afraid so. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” I think being crazy for Christ is a good thing! Peace, Linda

  2. Linda, it’s a crazy idea, it’ll never work…

    and I join up right now 🙂

    Thank you much for this – and to you and yours I really do pray blessings today.

    • Craig, Never say never! It may not change the world in my lifetime, but Love will conquer all eventually. Thank you for the prayers. They are much appreciated! 🙂 Peace, Linda

  3. Definitely workable!
    Thanks for sharing, Linda. Going against the grain can be gritty at times but with Him at the helm, this ship will get there.
    Bless you Linda. May God continue to use you to change lives.

  4. Love the challenge and am diving into the crazy end of the pool with you. I discovered this earlier, while blogging and meeting people who believed different than me. A friend had shared with me something God told her, that some may be right and some wrong, but for the ones who are right to lord it over others was wrong, so not to fret . . .Jesus would come and set all things right. That impacted me, and helped me not to look at what was different between myself and someone else, but more at how I could encourage them, how I could love them, in Jesus. Thank you so much Linda and God bless your ability to love those around you today!

    • Deb, Somehow I knew you’d jump on board this crazy train! 🙂 That is so true that those who are right shouldn’t lord it over others. That was good advice. I’m looking forward to the day Jesus comes and sets all things right again. Until then, just call me crazy. 😉 Peace, Linda

  5. I read this at work and started crying – what a concept and such a HUGE truth. I’ll take that challenge and stand right along side of you!

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