When tragedy strikes close to home, many of us respond as if it's inconceivable that something so horrific could even happen, that a person could do something so vile. But after having lived so many years in this world, especially after having had our eyes opened, don't we know why? Deep down inside, don't we really understand? After all, how many times over the course of your own lifetime have you heard someone express hatred toward another, even a desire to kill? How many times was that you? Of course, people who say such things really don't mean it ... or do they? You've been there, and unless you've gotten so totally caught up in your own self-righteousness, you still remember what it's like.
This is all part of the reality of grace, my friends. For as those who were once citizens of this present evil world, we should understand how thin the veil of its civility truly is. And if you do remember, it might be more realistic to wonder how so many people have been able to keep a lid on the evil that so often comes unbidden from their lips. It might also remind us that the salvation of God has nothing to do with simply being kept under control, rather it's about having been made truly alive through the life of God in Christ.
Maybe it's just the shock that makes us imagine that only the worst of the worst could possibly commit horrendous acts that affect so many people. In truth, evil is happening all around us in more ways than we can possibly imagine. I cannot even think to wrap my arms around it all, for it would be overwhelming. I don't mean to downplay the events of the day in any way, but I'm not going to let the perceptions of a self-righteous world guide me to view anything according to its biased form of judgment. As for me, I have determined to see all things according to the wisdom of Christ.
ShovelAudio: Left in a Dark World
"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one." Many of us have asked ... WHY? Why did Jesus ask his father NOT to take us out of the world? Why were we left in this dark world? What kind of protection do we really have? After all, wouldn't it have been much better if we had simply been whisked away?