My city is heartbroken. A man has chosen to do great evil, murdering more than fifty people and wounding more than four hundred people. Nobody knows why. And, honestly, I do not care why. The actions of this man, deranged, insane, unstable, whatever, are simply evil. One evil man has chosen to take lives of people created in the image of God. It is wrong.
John 11:35 – Jesus wept.
The Bible reminds us that Jesus is the kind of person first to weep with those who weep. This is good. At the funeral of a friend, a friend Jesus would soon bring back from the grave, the Savior wept. He is not cold to us. He is not unwilling to feel our sorrow with us. And may we be like him. May we first and foremost mourn with those who mourn. Let us be loving before we are anything else.
Colossians 3:1-2 – 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
And we must set our minds on things above. Without heaven, without eternity, without God on his throne, there is no way to handle the broken world in which we live. Mankind’s heart is evil. People are broken. WE are fallen, and we do evil as a human race. And we cannot pretend that we can solve this problem on our own. WE cannot do justice in our power. There is no justice that man can dispense to an evil gunmen who has already taken his own life.
Hebrews 9:27 – And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
But we know this to be true: God is just. The Lord will do rightly. The man who chose to try to destroy those made in the image of the Lord is now facing the Lord he has tried to attack. God will do rightly. God will be just. God has the power and the authority to do what we cannot.
Our world is broken. We must show one another kindness. We must seek to do good to our fellow man. But we cannot find healing there alone. We need the Lord, enthroned, eternal, holy, just, gracious, to remind us that this world is not our home. We need God to remind us that this life is not all there is. We need God to call us to himself and grant us the ability to see the world we live in from eternal eyes.
If you want to talk about what has happened, I’m happy to talk with you, to grieve with you, to listen to you. If you have questions about God and his justice, I’m happy to hear them and to try to answer what I can. If you want to know about the God who has forever in front of us, I would be happy to help you know how to know him. If you would like someone to pray with you or for you, I am happy to do that. Send me a message here or give me a call, and I will help however the Lord will allow.
Let us not allow one evil man to have victory over us. Instead, let us be reminded of eternity, let us mourn with and pray for those who have been impacted by this evil, let us trust that God will do a justice we can never bring, and let us seek to know the God who will love and comfort all who seek his mercy.