“More wars have been waged, more people killed, and more evil perpetrated in the name of religion than by any other institutional force in human history. The sad truth continues in our present day.” Charles Kimball

This statement is basically what you can read on about any comment thread on the internet…if we had no religion we would have no war. There may be some truth in there but I’ve been wondering do these people contemplate what else we would lose?

That quote breaks my heart because there is truth in it. There has been so much done that is so wrong. I cannot deny that. It is far too easy to find atrocities committed due to what one group believed and another didn’t. Even now, as I sit here, there are people dying for believing differently than someone else – in the name of God.

This killing is evil and evil destroys like a bomb. It is big and messy. It is far reaching and catastrophic. It is reported in the media and watched by thousands. It is memorialized and the dead are honored. Days are set aside to commemorate the atrocity. We vow to never forget. Never forget what happened. We vow never to forget that day of evil.

Love happens then, in the aftermath. Love comes in, before the dust settles but long after the cameras leave. Love sends volunteers and supplies and hope. Love is why we survive despite our atrocious track record. Love. Always love. Love cradles the victims in their arms. Love feeds the helpers. Love finds survivors. Love counsels those that remain. Love brings the hope required to move forward. Love. Always love. Perhaps we should also commemorate the day after and remember the love.

I would like to contend that more good has been wrought, more people saved from a life forgotten, and more kindnesses perpetrated in the name of religion than by any other institutional force in human history. This humble truth continues even in our present day. I believe this.

It is the thousands of phone calls that go out each week offering to help or just checking to see if someone is ok. It’s the thousands of visits made to console and acknowledge loss. It is the charities – both organized and personal that believers practice each day. It is the financial support when someone is in need. It is as large as the orphanages around the world supported by believers. It is as small as giving someone a ride to work whose car is in the shop. It is in the earnest prayers – millions each day.

In the name of God, people love one another. In the name of God, people pick one another up. Every day. Every. day. It’s not something easily measured. One of the tenants is to do your kindness quietly without calling attention. Love operates differently.

Love doesn’t go off like a bomb for all the world to see – not often anyway. Love is like fog or the air we breathe….it permeates our lives completely and often we aren’t even aware of it. Love doesn’t make for splashy headlines but if one were to report on all of the kindnesses done today in the name of Jesus you would have a never ending news cast. I believe this. There is more good in this world than evil.

Do I believe that it balances out? I do not know. I only know that I would not want to live in a world with no God.



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