I was walking through the mall a few days before Christmas. The hustle and bustle of last minute shoppers filled the air like bees buzzing around their hive. I had joined the swarm of consumers on the hunt for the final few gifts to complete my shopping list, when suddenly I heard something; a familiar melody floating through the air carrying the most pristine doctrine. The song broadcasted a message of ultimate truth at odds with the mall’s busy consumerism.
For most people, the message went completely unnoticed – just more noise droning in the background. But for me, it cut through the clamour, arrested my attention and struck me in an unexpected way.
Recently there had been another shooting where a young African-American man was killed by a police officer. Racial tension was high, debates fumed, and riots broke out across the country. The incident was just the latest of ongoing conflicts in our nation. But it really was just one recent example of a scandal raging since the Garden of Eden. What can be done about the problems in our world: fear, hatred, racism, violence, pain, suffering, death and evil? There seems to be no solution.
Our amazing advances in technology, medicine, philosophy and science have cured many symptoms, but have not touched the underlying disease. The protests and riots I had seen on the news earlier that day seemed like an overflowing frustration to a problem no one knows how to solve. And then there it was – the answer to the problem playing over a sound system in a crowded shopping mall.