13 Days in August

Dennis Bailey Dennis Bailey

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

What a difference thirteen days makes. In that brief time, the world has witnessed a striking example of the difference between good and evil. Three weeks ago, white supremacists clashed with Antifa counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia in one of the most violent and highly publicized riots in recent memory. Hatred was front and center as the race hustlers came crawling out of the woodwork to promulgate their special brand of poison. One woman lost her life to the violence.

Fast forward to this past week and the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, one of the most damaging storms to ever hit the U.S. mainland. In stark contrast to the events in Charlottesville, something else was on display in the Lone Star state: Love. Neighbor reached out to help neighbor escape the rising floodwaters, provide food and shelter, or just offer an arm around a shoulder. Millions of private dollars were raised to help fund the recovery efforts. And in all this, nary a word about race. Instead of looking for an excuse for division, the nation came together in a grand partnership to help in a time of crisis.

Two events occurring in close proximity to one another, one evil, one good. How fitting to have the love being displayed in Houston be the thing to take the hate of Charlottesville off the front page. Gives us all something to cling to, doesn’t it?