My homepage opens to CNN World news and the headline catches my eye this morning… Tomorrow it Could Be our Families: Rape cases in Mexico are putting violence back in the spotlight.
My heart breaks. For the rape victims, yes. But for the whole story that plays out behind that headline. Because it makes it seem like we don’t care until it could be us – until our vacations are royally messed up. We can’t contain security behind the Resort lines, and then it becomes a big deal. Our carefully packaged world breaks.
But… it’s been a big deal for the Mexican people for a lot longer than that headline existed. Mexico drug-related violence is widespread and dangerous. Gangs, gun murders, drugs, rape. It’s nasty and violent and horrible…
Read through Operation World on Mexico, and better yet, pick up the hard copy book to see more details on this growing nation. The first things to pray about are the poor, the marginalized, the corruption and the massive drug trade… four things that make life for many Mexicans very challenging.
Since when did worrying about our safety for tomorrow get us anywhere? Instead of canceling flights to Mexico, let’s take them – and hold hands with the women who’ve suffered brutal rapes. Let’s wrap our arms around the poor and feed them. Let’s give justice where we can, and administer love where we can’t… Instead of twisting in fear of rape, let’s pray for the locals who live with that reality every day, and who are so entrenched in a 300 year Catholic religion that they often miss the personal relationship Jesus offers.
That’s the real tragedy that many are suffering around the world. And that’s what I want to commit to prayer instead of my safety, or what I want, or where I find myself in life – danger or no danger.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 4.6-7