Shocking and appalling.
The tragedy of the mass killings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton can never be undone. This entire country and the world should come together to support and mourn for its citizens. Sadly, instead of focusing upon the grieving families, political pundits on both sides of the aisle are weaponizing the news to support their causes. No one is willing or capable of recognizing the real problem. We do not have a gun control issue. We do not have a mental health issue. We have a sin issue. No amount of legislation and no political posturing will ever resolve this.
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.
Psalms 23:4 (KJ21)
Any moment we exist could be our last moment of life on this earth. In every moment we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. It is not only when we are going through trials and tribulations. Like the victims in these shootings, evil can emerge in the midst of ordinary activities amongst family and friends. Evil is not defined by race, gender, political affiliation or culture. Evil is present in our hearts. Evil compels some to act out heinous acts of violence and hate.
How can a kind and loving God allow this to happen? We know evil when we experience it because we know what good is. God has placed His moral nature within us so that our hearts ache and are torn asunder when confronted with such evil. Some have turned their back on God, unwilling to listen to their own conscience and morality, but for most of us, we long for good to overcome evil. We know only good can comfort us. We know this because all good comes from God. God is grieving with all of us. He understands our pain because He allowed this world to torture and execute His only Son, Jesus Christ, for all of the sins and evil in this world. By resurrecting Him from the dead, three days later, God will forever comfort all who place their trust in faith in Jesus Christ.
I pray for all of the victims and their families, the communities they live in, and this entire world which is so torn by the ravages of sin. Let’s seek the good that only God can give us.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.