I once had someone ask me if we must suffer in our walk with Jesus. I answered, “Yes, we all must suffer because Jesus, the One who gives us eternal life, first suffered for us.”
But now, as we all suffer over Covid-19 and brutal killings of African American men by the police, our country’s news media are talking openly and with fervor about the subject of suffering.
One example is in today’s New York Times, where Reggie Ugwu’s article, Bad Things Happen. Accepting It Is Good caught my eye. He tells us, “Don’t surrender to pessimism, but make room for suffering.”
Good advice, don’t you think?
We, in America have a hard time accepting the idea of suffering. We may assume that as Americans we have “special protection from suffering — whether by virtue of nation, species or era.”
However, these lackadaisical ideas don’t reflect the reality of how far our country has slipped under the present administration. An administration that chose to bring in members of the military to fight against the members of our society. A president that refuses to set a good example by wearing a mask to protect us from spreading Covid-19 and is willing to hold a campaign rally in a city ravaged by the corona virus, even though the Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart recommended Trump’s rally “be postponed until it’s safer.”
Yes, me must suffer — and in today’s world — “being attuned to the potential for suffering in the world should elicit empathy and stir us to action.”
In conclusion, let me ask — Are we willing to take action?
I pray that we are — because black lives matter and our nation must take hold of the problems and rebel, if we must, to become civil, loving, and prepared to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.
 Reggie Ugwu, “Bad Things Happen. Accepting It Is Good,” New York Times, June 18,2020
 Reggie Ugwu, “Bad Things Happen. Accepting It Is Good,” New York Times, June 18, 2020