The depth of our character and the breadth of our compassion are revealed when a noted public figure passes with whom we disagree politically or morally or when a guilty person suffers what some consider a deserved punishment. An undisciplined and unmerciful response in these times reveals that we have yet to understand the fullness of God’s love and His mercy for all people.
When a death takes place of someone we oppose, let people mourn without adding a comment. When someone suffers whom we find to be distasteful and deserving of punishment, don’t celebrate with their enemies their demise. Our position on politics, theology, and culture doesn’t really matter in these times. What matters is having the courage to remain lovingly silent and allow God the time needed to heal our hearts so that when we do write something or open our mouths to make a comment, people hear the heart of God.