I have just a short, simple thought to offer here this morning; it comes in response to the sad news of the death of Kayla Mueller at the hands of ISIS.
Mueller, a 26-year old from Arizona, travelled to Syria because she loves people, and because she wanted to do what she could to help ease the suffering of the victims of war.
Today I am deeply troubled because I have already heard her name being used to support rhetoric designed as a rallying cry for more violent retaliation.
How in God’s name (and I use that phrase deliberately) can more death and destruction possibly honor the great personal sacrifice of humanitarian heroes like Kayla Mueller? Do we not get it by now?
So long as this cycle of violence continues, we are telling the world that we still defer to ISIS vis-à-vis the rules of engagement.
People like Kayla Mueller are courageous enough to offer an alternative to the sickening brutality and the constant bloodshed. Maybe we should all follow her lead instead?
What it, instead of committing airstrikes and ground forces to the region, we committed more humanitarian aid?
- What if goodness and compassion defined both the foundation and the projection of our “super”power?
- What if self-sacrifice governed foreign policy rather than self-interest?
- What if, every time another Kayla Mueller gave her life, 100 more took her place?
Just thinking out loud – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.