Last night, another tragedy has struck America. The details will be laid out for us in the days ahead, but in the mean time at least 12 are dead and 50 wounded. A tragedy like this could happen anywhere and families will become paralyzed with fear and bewilderment. Take time to think through the repercussions and pray for the families involved. This is not a game. Thank God, He is still sovereign, faithful and merciful.
This incident shows the insidious nature of the wickedness of man’s heart. When man is not in submission to the justice of God, he acts independently and causes havoc in the world mirroring the evil one. That’s where we Christians, with merciful, open hearts, need to realize our part to set our minds on the things above and set our priorities on building God’s kingdom rather than going about our business thinking this would never happen close to home. God will have his way and use His people for His glory if we trust Him and reach out to neighbors with the gospel.
Is there someone you know that needs an ear? Is there a parent you know struggling with his/her child? Is there a person who is functioning alone and needs the gospel?
The world will spend inordinate amounts of time trying to define why this happened. There are a multitude of contributing factors. The biblical answer is what John wrote, “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.” (1Jo 3:11-12) The man killed and wounded because he did evil deeds and would not humble himself before the righteousness of God.
Does that excuse the rest of the world? No, we all have a part to use our time, talents, treasures and truth to connect people to worship God, equip people to grow into the image of Christ and multiply ourselves to reach the world. There is one answer to these actions and it is found in humble obedience to God’s word, first in becoming a new creation in Christ and secondly growing into Christ-likeness. Let us commit ourselves to set our minds on the things above where Christ is and transform our world. In that commitment, let us use the opportunity to listen to others as they process, yet again, another tragedy.