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By now the whole world is aware of the tragedy of Notre Dame. The mainstream media has presented images of the burning spire that will be in the minds of the people for the rest of our lives. As they recount the story ad nauseam emphasis is placed on the lost history and art that was housed in the historic cathedral. Later today they presented the uplifting message of the works that were saved and the bravery of the people who risked everything to rescue artifacts. Those heroes deserve every bit of the praise they receive. But the mainstream media also bookends that praise with reinforcement of what a tragedy for western Christian culture. And it is. But the whole time I could hear that still small voice speaking peace to my soul. God kept reminding me of what was written.
As the flames engulfed the spire and melted the stained glass I could hear these words. As cinders fell among the works of art that verse played over and over again in my mind. And there was more.
By the time I began to put this article together in my mind people were out in the street in front of the church singing hymns. The news was showing us a picture of the cross in front of altar that was untouched by the flames. The French President Macron was vowing to rebuild the church better and stronger than before. I have it in my mind that the new church will be spectacular. But at the end of it all will God be there?the answer depends on the people.
I myself am not Catholic. And as Christians we might have a few different doctrines. There are divisions about how to baptize and church hierarchy and such. But as part of the core belief in Christianity is the fact that God dwells in the heart of the believer. If buildings all burn,if the Bible is banned and if hymns fall silent the church is not gone. Western culture lives on as long as we hold on to our core beliefs.
To the people of France, I encourage you to rebuild the cathedral. Salvage as many of the historic relics and works of art as you can but remember that history is not static. There’s room in Christendom for a new Renaissance and new masterpieces to glorify Christ. The world might be a dark place right now but that’s when your light does the most good. As Christians it’s our job to let our lights shine in defiance of the darkness.
Image is titled The Defiance Of Darkness
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