I’d be amiss today if I blogged about anything but this week’s tragedies. My mind can’t fathom the scope of what’s happened in Orlando. First the mass shooting and then the alligator attack. I find it difficult to even type these words. Something inside me recoils.
Everyone’s asking the same questions: Why so many recent mass shootings in the USA? Why so many shootings in general? Today I heard a report that said 125 individuals—totally apart from Orlando’s incident—have died from gunshot wounds since Sunday.
People cast blame and point fingers. One guy says it’s Obama’s fault because his foreign policy stinks. Another says the gun control laws are to blame. Someone else says the FBI dropped the ball when they failed to track Mateen.
Perhaps each speculation contains a shred of truth. But in the midst of the war of words, let’s remember this: “We are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
The devil is real, and he’s on a mission to steal, kill, and destroy. Nothing’s changed in that regard. He’s been at it since the Garden of Eden. And he’s duped mankind into believing his lies since then too.
One of his lies says truth is subjective. “Whatever feels right to you is okay,” he snivels. When society believes this lie, people make up their own rules and do whatever they want. If they want to open fire and slaughter dozens of people, who’s to say it’s wrong? If truth is subjective, then no absolutes exist. And chaos reigns.
Seriously, I’m weary of the rhetoric. I’m tired of people asking what the problem is. It’s clear—the problem is evil in man’s heart. We’ve turned our backs on God and His instructions for living well. We’ve made ourselves out to be god instead, establishing our own rules for life (Romans 1:21-25). Trouble is—our rules do not work. Try as we might, our way of doing things is literally killing us.
The root problem is sin. We’ve wandered away from God’s instructions as given in the Holy Bible, and we’re paying the consequences. Sounds bleak, yes? But wait—there’s hope.
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and heal their land,” says the Lord (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT).
Folks, let’s admit our inability to figure out life on our own. Let’s humble ourselves before God. Let’s acknowledge our dependence upon Him for forgiveness from our sin and our need for His power and presence in our lives. He promises to hear our prayers and to heal our land, but He waits for us to take the first step.
“Oh mighty God of heaven and earth. We cry out for mercy on our land. Forgive us for turning away from You. Forgive us for thinking we can do life our own way, according to our own truth. It’s clearly not working. Please flood us with a renewed understanding of who You are. Flood our nations with a glimpse of Your holiness and glory, and turn our hearts back to You. We fight not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil, and we cannot flight this battle on our own. We desperately need You, God. Come to our rescue. Come, and crush Satan’s head. Come, and breathe life and hope and healing into a desperate world. In the power of Your Son’s holy name, amen.”
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