Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pray for Virginia Tech

In light of everything that has happened in Blacksburg, Virginia, it would be very wise of us to spend some time in prayer for all of those whose lives have been turned inside out and upside down.

How should we think of what has happened? Theologically, of course! The murderous rampage should remind us of three things:

1. Life is brief. None of us know how long we have here. Compared to eternity, our lives are incredibly short. We really don't know what's around the corner.

2. Evil is real. Contrary to Christian Science, evil is not an illusion - it's real and alive and active in the world and inour hearts. At specific times - like Monday - it surfaces in all of its naked deformity.

3. The need to make sense of it all. We naturally look for a way to understand and process what takes place in our lives, no matter how horrific it is. Christianity helps us understand events like these better than any other philosophy, religion or worldview. Human beings, though created in the image and likeness of God, are fallen and sinful. All of our being - mind, will, emotions, body, etc. - is polluted by sin. That sin, which is pervasive, brings about all kinds of evil and harmful actions ands words. The only hope for any of us is the forgiveness that God offers us through His Son Jesus Christ (who lived a perfect life in our place, died for our sins as our substitute, and rose again from the dead on the third day). Why did God allow this? I don't know. We so know, however, that God is sovereign and He's good. We can trust Him no matter what, even in the midst of terrible evil.

Just some things to think about.


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