On Oct. 2, many of us woke to the horrible and tragic news of the Las Vegas shooting. With 59 fatalities (including the shooter) and hundreds wounded, the shock of the event is still reverberating across our country and abroad.
Questions are all over social media and the news. Many of the questions don’t seem to have an answer, but are being vented by people trying to make sense of the tragedy. Even if we figure out who, where, when, how, and why, will that or has that ever eased the hurts of the masses? What will be the response of people affected by such events? What new policies could ever bring back the lives of those individuals that were gunned down?
With the event so fresh in our minds, I understand that timing and sensitivity need to be considered when addressing such issues. However, if it means saving the lives of people in the future, should today’s writers put that concern on the front burner of priorities? The pain is real. Nothing will change that. So how can we approach issues like this and actively strive to save lives or prevent additional tragedies?
There are all kinds of debate, social media postings, and dialogue going on today as a result of this week’s tragic events. Maybe believers should stop caring if others roll their eyes . . . and begin speaking truth. Too many Christians have become silent or apologetic with the truth. The reality is, however, that if we really cared about people, we would dare to offend. Even now in a moment of hurt, rage, and anger, we will restrain our words so that we don’t offend others. So what is the truth?
Our society and our world is a mean and nasty place. We are a fallen and sinful people. We need Jesus Christ, the only true God. It does not matter what others think. The truth must be proclaimed. As long as this country divides over topics with no eternal significance, as long as we make ourselves #1, we are going to face events like these without ceasing. God will turn our country over to the desires of our hearts and allow us to be consumed.
Only when God’s people, that are called by Him will humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, will He hear their prayers from heaven and heal their land. (Chronicles 7:14, paraphrased)
God does not attend to the prayers of the wicked, nor give audience to the prideful. He listens and heals those broken in spirit. We must realize what and who we really are. Only then will we acknowledge Him for who and what He is. We need Jesus. I will say it again: We need Jesus. Can we not understand that? Will answering the questions about tragedies help, or would repenting and seeking Jesus be the way to go? I strongly suggest the latter.
–-By David Hethcock, Admissions Officer and Tech Support Specialist