Your Choice Determines Your Eternity
The school shooting in Florida is a national tragedy. No one wants children to be harmed. Life is precious. Apparently, the shooter had extraordinary mental issues, anger issues, bully issues and something tripped his lever to do the most horrible act-the taking of some 17 lives, changing the lives of families, friends, teachers, professionals forever. It is difficult to understand how these terrible things can happen, and especially happen to those who love God. But we must understand, without excusing such acts, that living in a fallen world, and in a society as broad, diverse, and as large as America, these things will happen. There is a lot of blame and finger pointing right now. Surely there is a better way.
The politicians will shout “gun control.” Trouble is, guns are inanimate objects. Guns do nothing without a human using them. It is the human factor that turns things evil, that commits the atrocities. Over history, there is no end to the evil that humankind perpetrates upon itself. It is written in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” A man without God, without Christ, is a man without peace, a heart of stone. It’s not about taking guns away from society-those who want to use guns for evil will always find them-it is, however, about finding ways to bring Christ into the hearts of those in society. Politicians always tend to see what they can take away. What about giving?
Salvation is a lasting gift. It is eternal for those who love God. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 to “go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The actual Greek translation says “disciple all the nations.” It’s not about the “sinner’s prayer,” which isn’t in the Bible; it’s not about a big show of someone accepting the Lord; it’s how they are transformed through the Holy Spirit, the Word, and the mentoring of others. The definition of disciple is: “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another; such as a Christianity.” This means to be a disciple, you need to have been discipled.
To disciple, one has to make contact, engage with someone, be a witness, an example. This is not done by sitting in church and thinking that you have checked that part of your life off for the week. It’s true mentoring and reaching out, touching hearts. This is what we are commanded to do by our Lord and Savior. We, the ambassadors of Christ, cannot be disengaged from society. When we are, the human factor, the desperately wicked, flourish. We are to overcome such evil with good. I’m not saying that school shootings would stop in this day and age if everyone was doing what the Lord commanded, but I do believe they would be less likely. Schools, in particular, have taken God out of the classroom, leaving the hope of salvation to chance, wickedness free reign. As Christ’s ambassadors on earth, we still must make a difference.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!