A Sad Day for America

Posted on August 11, 2019 at 2:50 PM

With the two mass shootings last weekend and so many having their lives senselessly ended, so many wounded, so many devastated and broken, it is no wonder that these terrible events have captivated the attention of all America. We grieve with those who have suffered such unimaginable loss. We pray for those recovering in the hospital and at home. We know that their lives will never be the same.

Of course, when ever something like this happens we always ask “Why?” Why would anyone do such a terrible thing? What would cause a person to commit such a crime against innocent people? And, how can we prevent it from ever happening again? We are inevitably left with no good answer. Yes, the news media will attempt to dig into the background of the people who committed the crime, they will talk to friends and associates and look at their Social Media accounts and try to get a glimpse of what was going on in their mind, but ultimately we just cannot explain it. This past week, there has been much talk about “Hate” and how it has no place in our society, but perhaps Vice President Pence said it best when he referred to the events as “acts of pure evil”. What we seem to have forgotten in this country is that we have an enemy. And, yes, he is the enemy of all of mankind. The Apostle Peter warned us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8). Yes, we truly do have an enemy and his purpose is to destroy. Jesus put it this way: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy...” (John 10:10)

Now I realize that over the next few weeks there will be much talk about “Gun Control”, “Hate Groups”, and violence in Movies, TV and Video Games, all of which should be looked at and discussed, but the real answer is Jesus. As individuals and as a Nation we need to turn to Him. In the same passage that we quoted from earlier Jesus went on to say “... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11) Jesus has a better plan than the one that we have chosen for our selves, the only true answer is “Jesus”.

Pastor Tim

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