Tuesday, October 3, 2017
As everyone knows, this past Sunday the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Las Vegas. At the time of this blog, 59 people have died and hundreds are wounded. More are more likely to pass in the next few days.
I heard responses all day long from commentators on the radio, TV, social media, etc. Each opined about what really caused this to happen (lax gun-control, the NRA, congressmen, Donald Trump(!), and so on). I don't mean to get political in these musings, but it appears that the folks in the media seem to think we’re pretty stupid regarding what causes these things to happen. They’re determined to find a “cause” that will allow them to attack an idea that does not set well with their understanding of how the world ought to be.
One thing I have come to appreciate, as a follower of Jesus Christ, is that no opinion or creed or political agenda can undermine my faith, nor should it cause me to doubt my relationship with Him. Therefore I can hear any cockamamy idea and not get my dander up. You can believe anything you want and it should not cause me to attack you or treat you with any less compassion and gentleness than if you thought exactly like I do.
It occurs to me that I can say this for one reason: I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is the very Son of God. It seems to me that those who get crazy with folks that don’t agree with them, do so because they are not persuaded of what the claim to believe. Why should I care if you swear that 2 + 2 = 5 when I know quite well that it does not? Only if I were unsure of my math would I be tempted to get angry.
Jesus never have verbal fights or personal attacks against those that railed against Him—-He knew the truth and was not agitated by those who did not.
What was not said today in the media, was that this lone assassin did an evil thing and that evil is ever present in our world. His senseless murders remind me that this world is not heaven on earth—it’s a dangerous place that is rife with evil.
The word we don’t use much from pulpits to editorials is sin. This event was sin incarnate—-a man acting against God’s command that we love one another and snuffing out 59 people’s opportunity to know Him (if they did not) or share their love with others.
Naturally we will be told that he was “mentally ill”; but it is the “spiritual illness” that will cause such senseless suffering to occur again, and again, and again. I am not sure about the cure for mental illnesses, but I do know the cure for spiritual illness—-it's Jesus Christ. And until our nation recognizes that it is the spiritual sickness and dementia of our nation that is causing horrific suffering and destruction, we are apt to see even more evil.
I pray for those that are spiritually ill to come to know Him, His forgiveness and the depth of His love—-as well as for those who are grieving all over the USA today.