I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog.  Life has thrown a few punches and my recovery is a process.

So this morning I read Judges 19 – Oh My!!  This one chapter is like the story of Hosea, Jacob and Rachel, AND Sodom and Gomorrah all rolled into one.  I was horrified when I finished reading it.

My first thought was, “Thank you Jesus my world is not that bad.”  Even with the latest school shooting and all the sadness and controversy that brings, our society is not this deprived.  At least not the part I live in.

My second thought was about a conversation my sisters are having about the effects of Hollywood on our lives and culture.  So maybe in the same way that some people get enough adrenaline rush watching movies like “Everest”; people don’t have to hurt others to fulfill their desires and lusts.  Maybe instead of desensitizing people, Hollywood has given us a virtual way to handle our primal instincts.  If we have CG to simulate horrible events so no one gets hurt, maybe that’s better than actually hurting people.  We don’t have to have gladiators and Christians dying in an amphitheater anymore.  (Although the Oregon school shooting did have Christians dying – that’s for another day’s thoughts.)

My third thought is, “Jesus come quick!”  I hope and pray that our society doesn’t get to the place where men surround a house to have violent sex with the stranger inside.

At the end of Judges 19 the traveler sent parts of his wife’s body to each of the 12 tribes of Israel to demonstrate the problem with their society.  Tomorrow I read chapter 20 to see how they reacted.  I imagine it drew them together as a community.

I keep hearing more and more about being in community.  How humans were designed to be in community.  How we need to hold each other accountable and keep each other safe.  How in parts of the world where community is strong people feel safe enough to let their children out.

And then I look at Oregon and I see a young man with some serious mental issues who was isolated.  Who was in his community?

Hollywood plus all our small screened electronics limit our focus on the world around us so much, drawing us into isolation instead relationship.

God keeps bringing up this idea of community.  I don’t have answers, but I can’t wait to hear what He teaches me next.

Walking together through life is so much better than being alone.

AJ

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