Sunday, July 22, 2012

The World's View

In the aftermath of the tradgic events that unfolded this past week the world will be asking how can something like this happen. There will be many speculative theories and political spins. Questions will be raised in how to prevent this from happening again. The world is searching for why bad things happen. I used to be wrapped up in all of the news stories and what the "experts" had to say but then I grew weary of the drama. As a Christian I don't question why bad things happen because the answer is right there in God's Word. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Man is evil. Man is sinful. Bad things happen becuase of our sinful nature. There is no way to prevent it. The world's view is that man is good but this is very wrong. Look at a child and see the selfishness they have. Do you need to teach your child to do bad things? No. Doing bad is in our DNA. It is who we are because of sin. What made this particular man snap and do this horrific act? We may never know exactly. What I do know is that every single one of us could easily snap and do something similar.

There is hope! We can overcome our evil, sinful nature. It has been conquered! Good is attainable! But only through Jesus Christ! I pray that the world sees that hope in it's search for why.
 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8.
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:1-10

I am not writing this to be preachy. I am just tired of listening to the whining. I tired of the speculation, the questioning and the politics. No one can protect us from ourselves. New laws, new guidelines, anything to add to our paranoid society to protect the innocent won't stop this from happening. It is part of life this side of heaven. I pray for the families that have been devastated in this horror. I pray for the gunman and his family. I pray that if God is not a part of their lives and if they do not have a relationship with Jesus that they come to know Him. I believe that He can change anyone. He brings the good into the world to show a glimpse of what heaven is like. My heart breaks for all involved. I wish I could be there to be an encouragement in their lives and show them Christ's love. This is my prayer. There is power in prayer. Would you join me?