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I tweeted the following this morning. About 1,000 shot each year by police in USA, 20-40% black (Source) . Over 10,000 killed by impaired drivers (Source). Over 850,000 abortions in 2019 (Google). When will the world see that we need Jesus? Recent events bring up a few different thoughts that I would like to share with those who care to read or listen.
I have lived in the USA now for a number of decades. And, in my many years, I have a hard time imaging a worse year than this one… and we still have more than half of it to go! First, we had an epidemic hit us that completely changed our lives. Government and self-imposed restrictions brought many businesses to a halt. While I managed to stay employed by God’s Grace, things feel bleak and depressing as I try to juggle responsibilities once shared by seven people.
Part way through that, we experienced a string of earthquakes near where I live. The first shock woke us up, yelling in fear. Throughout the day, a series of aftershocks kept us on our toes as we worried that a larger quake may hit later. While it never did, a series of smaller quakes through the next few weeks wrecked my nerves. I swore that the ground kept moving even when everything remained perfectly still.
Last, by not least, we watched the recent police brutality, followed by violent protests and government lock-downs. As one who works in a downtown area, I had new reason to fear whether or not I would have a job as people ransacked businesses all across the nation. Some of the follow up conversations, responses and decisions made in reaction to this atrocious act also concerned me deeply.
I recall the events of September 11th. While it was a scary time for our country, these events combined certainly make life feel darker than that. At times, I have felt complete hopelessness and even fear. I have had to remind myself that God truly is the one in control.
In response to much of the current events, groups of people, politicians and government entities continue to push for a voice in the conversation, and for changes. Some of the recent restrictions, created unilaterally, make me worry more than the events themselves. Never have I seen our rights taken away so suddenly and for such a long period. Never have I seen us so willing to hand them over in the name of ‘safety.’
Yet, as bad as much of this is, I have to remind myself to look at the big picture. First, we should never fear those who take life, or even liberty. Rather, the Bible says that we should only fear those who can destroy the soul. Certainly, God grieves over the loss of every life. However, more importantly, His heart breaks over those who choose their sin and pride over repentance and humility. For those who walk proud in their sin may never know heaven, and will face a horrible fate permanently separated from His love. As Christians, we cannot allow the smokescreen of current events to obscure this fact from our sights. As important as life, liberty and rights are, souls matter more.
When our friends talk to us about the pain experienced when we see wholesale abortion, suffering caused by rampant disease, or violence fueled by hatred, we must point them to the true problem. The heart of the matter, ultimately, is a matter of the heart. Recognizing that we have sin, hate, and selfishness across the human race is the perfect starting point. Yet, the catalyst for true change never comes from government and laws. We must get to the source of the problem and change peoples’ hearts. Since only God has that kind of power, we must show our countrymen, and the world, that we need Jesus. In conclusion we must remain focused on what really matters most. The gospel of Jesus Christ saves our souls from an eternal death.
By becoming born again, God addresses the sin in our heart that leads to these kinds of acts. He attacks the disease, not the just the symptoms. That is the kind of solution we need in today’s society. Unless we repent of our sin at His feet, as a nation, we will never see a true turning away from the darkness we see enveloping our nation today. Jesus saves us from the consequences of this sins as well, offering us eternal life, instead of the eternal separation and death we deserve from our wickedness. This is the gospel message, the true ‘good news’ we need today more than ever.
I leave with a quote from Chuck Colson found at the beginning of Steven Curtis Chapman’s Song, “Heaven in the Real World”
“Where is the hope? I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us or what laws are passed or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. That’s where our hope is in this country. That’s where our hope is in life.”
If you have questions, thoughts or concerns you would like to share, feel free to reach out to me in the comment section below, via Twitter @jcservant or via email – jcservant at cyberlightcomics dot com. Thank you and God bless!