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A Letter from a Pastor to the parents of the Ayotzinapa

                                                                                      A LETTER from a PASTOR to the Parents of AYOTZINAPA

Dear Parents of normalists in Ayotzinapa:

The entire country is frustrated and angry about what happened in Ayotzinapa. I am also very young, I am 25 years old and I have no doubt that this is the worst tragedy our country has experienced in my lifetime. Sure, there have been thousands of tragic deaths in Mexico in the last decade, but the vast majority of mass killings have occurred between different drug cartels.  This is different. There is an inexpressible pain that we all feel at the thought of 43 students who were preparing to serve and assist schools in rural communities who are not with us today. We feel disgusted to hear the testimony of the killers who performed these very inhumane acts. We cannot imagine how you feel.

With all the coverage that this story has had, it is highly unlikely that this letter will reach you, but I wanted to write it for the sake of those who will come across it and read it, and if I'm honest, writing it will also help me process everything that is happening. So this is what I, as a Christian pastor, want you to know.

Our Heart Aches

Collectively, the heart of Mexico is broken; a country where young people cannot express themselves openly is not a free country.  It is terrible to think that the authorities who God has placed for our protection are those from whom we have to protect ourselves.  It is impossible to think that there will be 43 classrooms without teachers because of the deplorable whims of a few. Jesus’ heart also ached when He looked upon Jerusalem.  Likewise, it was a nation with corruption in every sense, a place where people betrayed his people to personally profit, and God replied with a heavy heart and said, "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen protects her chicks under her wings, but you left me" (Luke 13:34 NLT). God is neither apathetic nor absent at this time, on the contrary, God wants to embrace Mexico in general, and those most affected by the tragedy of Ayotzinapa in particular, as a hen protects her chicks under her wings, and we need to let him hug us. 

No Man Has The Solution

This is not the time to put our eyes in the pines, nor the time to put our hope in the government, nor in some one.  This is the time to believe in Jesus. Believing that hope and the solution is not found in more reforms, nor in more laws. It is in Jesus.  Only he can heal a shattered nation as only he can change hearts that are hardened, and he alone can transform our nation into a place where justice and righteousness exist.

God Will Do Justice

We believe that God does not miss anything. All the guilty will pay but not in this lifetime because there is no punishment severe enough to rectify the damage they have caused, but what we believe is that all evil is punished by God. The Bible says that one day the books will be opened, and everyone will be judged according to their deeds and all sin will be punished.  The only escape is to trust in Jesus and let him take the punishment in our place. For though I would say that the only ones who deserve judgment are the murderers, the reality is that we all deserve God's judgment, so we all need God's forgiveness.

This Is Not God's Plan, But He Will Use It

One of the phrases that annoys me the most is when people tell someone who is suffering that "God has a plan," because although it is true, it seems to state that God planned the difficulty they are going through.  God didn’t plan the Murder Of Ayotzinapa. He allowed it, but that does not mean that it was part of his agenda before the foundation of the world. What's more, God's plan is to restore this planet full of justice and righteousness, not injustice and evil. The Bible says that God is light and in him is no darkness ... God allows evil but it is never God's desire for there to be evil. What I’m getting at is that God is just as angry with the situation that is happening in Mexico, but he, unlike us, sees the end result. We don’t know how this can turn into something that will ultimately bring God glory. We do not know how something so horrific could glorify God, but if I had to guess, I think something this tragic can produce two positive results; one, that Christians are lifted up with greater urgency to spread the message of hope that is in Jesus, and two, that Mexico will be awakened from the sleep that it is in to find the one who can provide light when there is so much darkness, Jesus.

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