Note from Bird: I found this piece that Rebekkah had written back in December and I loved it. I believed it needed to see the light of day.
It is certainly interesting to exist in the same world as Facebook. There are many lessons to be learned.
For instance, laughter is a priority in any language. I see those goofy, tag-lined pictures come up in languages I’ve never seen before.
People have God on the brain, even if they’re mad at him and talking shit. He comes up an awful lot.
A cute dog/baby is always a hit.
The lesson that strikes me the most, though, is loneliness. It’s an epidemic. Every nook and cranny in Facebook is hiding some loneliness. Everyone has seen it. Those posts from that person you barely remember from that job you had years ago that says something like, “My real friends will reply because they actually care,” but there are no replies, no likes. You know the ones I’m talking about.
Here’s what Mother Teresa said on the matter:
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
And Mother Teresa knew her poverty.
I don’t know what went on in the mind or heart of the boy who shot all of those kids. I don’t know what life had done to the young man who went into that movie theater with no intention of leaving. These are mysteries that we won’t solve. If I had to guess at the cause, though, I would guess it was this. That they were unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and forgotten by everybody.
It’s a sad day today. Maybe equally as sad as the day of the shootings. Facebook is full of gun control, yes or no, and why did God let this happen. As I’m scrolling through, all I can think is that no one understands. Guns aren’t the problem. God isn’t the problem. We are the problem. Every selfish, apathetic one of us.
People are angry today, looking for an answer. If the problem were a problem of guns, the answer would be gun control. If it were a problem of location, the answer would be a move. If the problem was tv, the answer would be to unplug it. But this is a problem of the soul. He shot 20 little kids. There is only one answer for a problem of the soul.
Lots of people don’t like to hear anything good about God. They want to talk about him, how he’s not doing a good job, or how he’s a fairy tale. For the most part, they don’t do any real research. They build their arguments on opinions and their own biased logic. This is what Jesus said:
“You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that spitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
He gave us the solution: Love. Love each other. Don’t let people slip through the cracks. Care about their lives, their sorrows, their soul. How can anyone hate God when he’s the only god out there who says that love is the only answer?