After you take the time to truly understand another person, when you are intentional about listening with the goal of understanding them, you find they become more human. They’re not a moral monster, a corrupt foe, or some deluded idiot. They are a human being that bears the image of your Creator, just as you do. They have hopes, dreams, and desires, just as you do. And they are pursuing Joy the best way they know how, just as you are.
Despite the lifestyle of most modern Christians, poverty is an ethical problem with which Christians need to deal. At least 80% of the global population lives on less than $10 a day. Where most Americans would consider making even $10 an hour as outrageous, the majority of the human race considers that kind of wage an abundance. This is certainly a Christian problem—and more heavily, it is an American Christian problem. Specifically speaking about American Christians, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert remark that “by any measure, we are the richest people to ever walk on planet Earth.”
In the event of a tragedy where human lives are lost, it is a shame when the church judges the weight of that tragedy by the sins of those involved rather than the inherit worth and dignity that each person carries as an image-bearer of God. Our response to tragedy, first and foremost, should always be to grieve at the destruction of the glory of God that is inherent in every single human being, not to try and turn the victims and those we consider less holy than us into political talking points.