In Sydney this morning there is an eery sadness and shock as 17 people were held hostage overnight in the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place. Two of whom have died. It makes me feel sick that such an act has occurred in my home city. Emotions are bubbling over with many feeling angry that someone whom sought asylum here has committed such a horrific crime in our safe city.
Image by Megan Hess
It is fully justified to feel angry about such a despicable act of horrendous violence and terror. The Sydney Siege is disgusting and not acceptable by any standard. HOWEVER, it is important to be aware of how this affects your thoughts and subsequent actions. Do not let it extend beyond this crazy man to the rest of our muslim community or those who come to Australia seeking asylum.
It is important that Australia upholds our famous characteristic of ‘mateship’ despite the religion, language or look of another. It is obvious and well known that very few Muslims and asylum seekers commit such horrific crimes. Remember that. Do not harden your hearts. It is what would make this hate-filled man happy. Keep on loving, dear Australia.
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ – Proverbs 4:23