Columbine, then Aurora Colorado.
Oregon Shopping Mall Gunman – but that gets trumped in one day by the events in Newtown Connecticut. 28 Dead.
Are we living in some kind of social horror movie?
Yes and no.
What we are living in is a society that has evicted prayer from school, chosen to regard (and even embrace) abominable sin as alternative lifestyle, and justified perverted and deviate and gratuitously violent entertainment as freedom of speech.
The word of God is forever true. The psalmist reveals the following to us:
Ps 12:8 (NKJ – as are all the scriptures herein)
The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
THAT is un-negotiable truth.
The result of vileness being exalted, regardless as to the intellectual, social, or humanistic motive, is guaranteed disaster. Freedom does not mean freedom from God’s laws.
We are just beginning to reap the crop that has been sown by our national sinfulness. That being the case, I personally see no solution other than repentance.
God made the heavens and the earth. He declares that clearly in His word.
1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.
Once again, whether or not we choose to believe the creation account in no way diminishes its truthfulness.
OK – so if God created it all, then how come He lets all this evil occur?
“WHY GOD?” Why would You allow innocents to suffer because of the sin of evil men?
God has given man stewardship over His (God’s) creation.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
Ps 115 tells us that we are accountable for that stewardship, to rightly live on earth, govern, rule and reign righteously. It is our corporate responsibility to not open spiritual portals for wickedness by neglecting or refusing God and His laws. And sadly, we have. And what we’re seeing in our society is what happens.
As saints, we can rest in the understanding that life does not end with the death of the body. At the same time, life is particularly precious and we are never to callously or religiously write off the untimely death of anyone, particularly the young and the innocent, as something that simply happened, so let’s move on.
History has proven that wicked men carry out wicked plans, and the innocent suffer.
On the upcoming great and dreadful Day of reckoning, I believe we will be accountable for our individual lives including the roles we have actively or passively played in the influence and acceptance of good and evil.
We’re called to lift up our voices, to cry out against injustice, to preach and speak righteousness, to warn every man, to pray and repent for the sins of our nation, to comfort the broken-hearted, to stand up against the oppressor.
Our gospel, Christ’s gospel, is a gospel of resistance to evil – it goes beyond our own little lives. We are called to be the salt of the earth, to keep it from rotting.
The solution is not more or less guns, or gun laws. Or counseling. Or security checks. The earth is getting more and more wicked as time marches on. We are on a biblical trajectory towards end-times activity that will cause many to be offended (Matt, 24:10), have their hearts grow cold (Matt. 24:12). We will see an increase in deception (1 Tim 3:13).
We will see more and more rebellion, more hedonism, more sin.
2 Tim 3:1-5
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
And the Lord, knowing all this, has called us here for these times – to be the light of the world. To pray, to love, to be portals for the glory of God.
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
His intent and purpose is to come into this world through us.
Edmund Burke, who lived during the tumultuous and revolutionary 1700’s, stated the following:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Paul the apostle, when speaking about ministers not being compensated for their labors quotes the proverb about not muzzling the ox while it is treading the grain (1 Cor 9:9), and then rhetorically asks – “Is it oxen God is concerned about?” Paul was saying the natural truths are expressed to reveal to us Kingdom truths. In that light, try this one on:
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
I am spiritually challenged by that verse, and contend that we are thereby charged to take upon ourselves the assignment and invitation to embrace and receive and live in a WHOLE LOT GREATER MEASURE OF GODLINESS AND ANOINTING than is “simply” required for US to make it through this life acceptably, for ourselves and our immediate loved ones to make it into eternity. We’re to be pressing into God so that there might be an abundance. Out of our bellies – rivers of living waters. Having plenty of “Kingdom Overflow” to bestow upon others. Laboring towards that goal.
I believe the Lord is looking for men and women who will recognize the peril of our days, and will respond by no longer living dainty little Christian lives in such a manner as to simply make it, and maybe have their wives and kids “make it”.
I believe relentless-God is at this time calling forth an army of lovesick warriors, Holy Spirit terrorists who will put to flight the forces of evil – Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered, and Spirit-possessed saints who will fulfill the call to be the salt of the earth.
My “victorious eschatology” is that we’re living in a world heading south, rather quickly. And things will get tougher and more challenging. And God will filter and test His people until we get to the place where we were supposed to be all the time – completely desperate for Him and His purposes, only. And He will return and straighten all things out, and those who did not love their lives even to the point of death will be victorious (Rev 12:11). THAT is the only truly victorious eschatology, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. My bible tells me some tough stuff has yet to occur. Hey – day by day current news confirms the increase in tough stuff.
I want to be walking in as much Kingdom I can walk in.
We’re invited to consecrate ourselves to a life-long, day by day fast from selfishness, determining to make a dent in this world, and by His grace to stand against wickedness.
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”