For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. (Hebrews 6:10-11)
Relate: While I was sleeping, around midnight my time, Turkey became a dictatorship. OK, so that statement might be a little bit of an exaggeration. Maybe. A little. If you swing over to twitter right now and searched “Turkey dictatorship” you would see that there are plenty of people who would completely disagree. Technically, I can’t go to twitter right now, though. It is shut down. So is facebook and instagram and whatsapp and youtube and… you get the picture. Even typing this right now I am on a VPN so I don’t know if WordPress is still standing or if it has also been shut down. Right now I don’t risk doing anything on the internet without TOR and a VPN. Let me back up a bit.
As I started saying, right around midnight here Turkish police illegally arrested eleven MPs (senators) from the third largest political party, the HDP. Almost immediately a storm of protesting went viral so within an hour of this action Turkey shut down all the major social media platforms. This might have slowed down the virtual protests a little but it did nothing to stop gatherings of Kurds pretty much everywhere. Inside Turkey such gatherings have been met with water cannons and even in some cases live fire.
About two hours ago those protests took a much more deadly turn. A car bomb targeting police went off in Diyarbakir killing eight and injuring over a hundred. You can read about that on global news outlets. What you most likely won’t read is that many of those injured weren’t injured by the blast itself. The crowd that gathered immediately after the explosion were chanting “Erdogan, murderer” and and were physically attacked by the police. That is where many of those injuries occurred. Needless to say the situation is a bit tense here in Southeast Turkey.
React: As A Christian living where I do I have a fine line to walk. I want to stand up for justice but in a city where more than half the population is Turkish, they see nothing unjust in what their leader is doing. Will speaking on a temporal political issue negatively impact my witness on eternal matters? (Honestly, I wish most of my Christian friends back home would take this into consideration with their own political issues looming) On the flip side, would remaining silent impact my ability to speak relevantly to the large minority of Syrians and Kurds also living here? Does saying anything jeopardize my ability to remain here to begin with? It is for these questions sake that today’s verse jumped out at me. Even if I am deported, even if I am detained, even if I am to die, until that time comes I will continue to love. I will continue to work hard, and to do good. God is not unjust. He will not forget the work I have done and how I have shown my love to Him by caring for others. (6:10) because of this I will keep loving others as long as life lasts. For now, it is all that I can do. It is enough.
Your love is relentless. Even when the world seems to be caving in around me, Your love does not cease. Even when things are not falling out the way I would have hoped, even when it seems the world is presenting its worst possible face, Your love does not cease. Help me to be a carrier of that love. Help me to infect everyone I come into contact with, no matter what they might think or believe, with Your love. No matter what happens in this world, let me never stop working hard, doing good, and showing Your love to all.