Talking about conflict is never comfortable. When things happen in the world, like the recent earthquake in Nepal or the conflict with ISIS, have you ever noticed some of the same questions get asked? like:
* Why do bad things happen to good people?
* Why would God let this happen?
We have two options when things like this happen, we can avoid talking about them or we can lean into them, and use the event as a catalyst, something that helps to propel forward. I am not here to tell you what to say or how to respond, you can figure that one out for yourself. But what I am saying is that we pray for opportunities to tell people about Christ, well these times are perfect opportunities to explain the character of God to our children, our friends and people we meet. For example:
* With your kids, take some time at the dinner table and talk about the issue, explain to them what is going on and ask some questions, like how do you think God wants us to help?
* With other people, don’t jam God into their face but read the person and give them what they can handle - bite size pieces.
Remember that you might not win the conversation, they may even think that your idea that God doesn't just send down lightning bolts to judge people for fun is crazy, but this process is about growing someone at their own pace; planting seeds, if you will.
“Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words.” - St Francis of Assisi
Everyone is watching to see how you act and react, to see who you truly are, So lets show them what Christ would do.