Last night I watched an old movie based on a John Grisham book, The Chamber, with Gene Hackman and Chris O’Donnell (what happened to that guy anyway?!). If you don’t recall, the story is about a grandson who defends his racist grandfather who is on death row.
The story is full of evil and hatred and I went to bed feeling, well, honestly, feeling gross. Gene Hackman played a convincing KKK-er who couldn’t escape the family curse, and Chris O’Donnell, well, after his epic failure at his possible Few Good Men, Oscar nomination scene, let’s just say I’m certain now of the reasons he disappeared from the big screen.
I laid in bed last night thinking of the status updates I read throughout the day, and the middle class America problems I encountered, being spiritually and strangely aware of the true evil that is busy at work all around us. We, being in our self-protecting bubble, choose to ignore the hatred that exists everyday in the lives of more than we are willing to recognize.
Somewhere in this country right now, there are a group of Haters talking about and plotting against families like mine-families filled with color and history. There are kids that are 7 years old
who are being taught to hate my Zachry because of the color of his skin.
There are migrant farms within a 15 mile radius of my house that provide living conditions equivalent of a third world country. Within a 10 mile radius of my house live approximately 30 registered sex-offenders (WELCOME TO FLORIDA)!
Reported, 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually abused by the age of 18, most of them by someone they know and trust. Kids are smoking pot on the bus on the way home from school, true story. 5th graders are pregnant. We pay to watch shows about abusive Dance Teachers and single mom’s who proudly become prostitutes to support their families. Depressed yet?
Don’t ignore the power of evil. It is quiet and sneaky, destructive and infilterating. HARD TRUTH: Evil will affect you . Luckily, God can and will protect you. What does that mean to you? Will you pray today? Will you speak hope into te world? Will you act in love to someone who doesn’t deserve it?