There is so much sadness in communities in America tonight. The killing of Christians on their knees in prayer is somehow beyond what our minds can grasp. Although we see it in countries around the world, when we see it here in our own towns, in our own churches, we find ourselves forced to face it in all of its horrific reality. When one human being hates other human beings with enough rage to kill them we struggle to see the sense in it. But the truth is that evil is evil is evil. There is evil everywhere, in every city, in every town, in every place on this planet.
From the beginning of our time on earth we have had evil in every generation. Genesis 6:5 is a reminder that this isn’t the first time that evil has become powerful around the world when it points out “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” But even in those wicked times there were good people who banded together to work to save their society and God always rewarded the diligence of those who sought hard after Him.
I spent much time praying for the families of those who lost their life. But if there is any solace it is that they died in the best place of all. With their hearts and minds professing their love for God. Perhaps they were even on their knees in prayer. They had welcomed this sad delusional person into their midst. Perhaps they even had prayed over him during their time together. The Holy Spirit was in their midst as He always is when people are gathered together in His Name. We, as Christians, know that their place in His Kingdom is secure.
My mother heart weeps for the mother of the murderer. No mother looks down at her baby boy and thinks “there is my little robber, my little drug addict, my little murderer.” Her heart has to be broken into a million pieces. I don’t know her nor do I know if she is a Christian. Maybe she is. Maybe she isn’t. But she deserves our prayers. We are called to pray for the saved and the unsaved.
Psalm 23 comes to mind tonight. “ Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” We are walking through a dark time in our society. A time when [Families] will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:53.
But we HAVE to stand up to the evil, speak out against the darkness that threatens to overwhelm us, guard the door as the”enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
We are all God’s children. Each and every one of us. He didn’t make a few of us. He made us all. In His image. None better than another.
“Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” Psalm 94:16
This is a war of good against evil. I will not stay silent. I will take a stand. I will profess with everything in me that Jesus Christ is Lord and He has commanded me to love everyone but to never tolerate evil in my presence.
I am reminded every morning in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 that I am to remember that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
My tendency is to react to the events of today with anger and rhetoric. But that’s not what God has called me to do. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:19
Peace. That’s what I pray for. Peace. And for the words of Revelation 22:20 to come to pass. “Come, Lord Jesus.”
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