“I am the resurrection and the life, and whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Jn 11: 25-26

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Kayla believed.

After learning of the plight of refuge children she, at 23 years of age, contacted the Danish Refugee Council and Support for Life and went to Turkey in 2012 to work with displaced children.

In 2013 she was captured by terrorists and held in Syria.  In her captivity she befriended other female prisoners, teenage girls.  Some of them report that she would eat little, preferring to give her food to them.  They also tell how she became a big sister or mother figure to them.

Some who escaped capture report that she was killed by those who captured her.

The words above are those of Jesus in speaking with Martha.  In response to Jesus asking Martha if she believed what he said, she replied, “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God …” (Jn 11:27)

Today we are challenged as Martha was challenged.  We are asked one simple question, the question Jesus posed to Martha: “Do you believe …?” (Jn 11:26)

That is a question posed daily in secularized American culture.  That is a question that ought to be applied to anyone who claims to lead you.

If you believe, why would you elect those who do not believe to lead you?  They neither understand you, nor hold the view that your beliefs matter to them, or have any place in civic life.

We live in a sea of unbelievers, those who care only about themselves – no one else.  They are a danger to us in a very real sense – because they divide and seek only for themselves. They, unlike Kayla, are not apt to share their food with you as she did.

Kayla and Martha believed.  Do you?

Shalom.

Note: My long time friend, classmate, fraternity Brother and Marine Officer, proud father and grandfather John, commenting on Bernie Sanders reducing his campaign staff, sent me the following amusing and accurate piece of wisdom: “Bernie Sanders is cutting staff members … because even the Socialists run out of other people’s money.”  Can I hear and “Amen?”

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