This week my heart went out to the sailors on a Japanese tanker that was attacked in the Middle East. Many commentators view the attack as a form of collateral damage in the rising tension between Iran and the United States.
We are very good at ignoring collateral damage – we prefer not to think about the civilian cost of the wars we wage or the cost to the workers and the environment of our desire for cheap food and commodities.
Part of what it means to be a Christian is to acknowledge the collateral damage that our wrong decisions and poor choices – our sins – cause. Christians, like the rest of humanity, are a long way from being perfect. Yet, there is hope. I believe that God has not left the world to our sins.
He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to break this cycle of collateral damage.
In Christ there is the power to change.
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