We have heard a lot the past few days about gun control while trying to figure out the why a deranged young man would kill so many innocent children and women It isn’t the guns or the fact that the man was crazy. Those two things were tools used by a force much stronger that just human frailty. I don’t usually get vocal about the evil in the world. I try to focus my message on the Christian and what we should do as individuals as we live out our commitment to Christ. Maybe there is something wrong with that. Maybe it is time to rip off the pretty covering that we call our Christian life. Maybe it’s time we get real with what age we are living in. Maybe it’s time we face the reality. Evil is on the move and we have to be aware that it is stalking our children and those we love.
The nation has learned about evil over the past few years. Our sanctuary that we used to call our homeland has been threatened. I wonder how many times will our lives be turned upside down before we stop and really look in to the why of the situation. There is a reason that people are going what appears to be just plain nuts and shoot up other humans. There is a reason that evil prevails in our world and there is a reason why it is happening more often. Jesus said it would happen.
When the the disciples asked, ““Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? (Mat 24:3). Jesus told them of many signs that would come before He returned. Pastors like to teach on Matthew 24. They like to talk about the earthquakes and the famines. Preachers teach on the natural signs of earth and then usually they turn the persecution of Christians. These topics sometimes are used to fill church pews. I agree that those thing are important and are happening today. We need to know about the signs and we need to be mindful of them. Why? We will be the targets. Christians are being persecuted in alarming numbers. All you have to do is look here http://www.persecution.com/ and you can read all about the tragedies of Christians being killed for their faith each and every day. All of that is important and yes we need to know.
BUT, the most over looked sign that Jesus warned about is this:
Jesus said, “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold (Mat 24:12).
Love, above all else is love. The love of so many is being stolen away. They do not feel loved. They are not shown love. They do not love. They have never had love or have lost their love.
We must love each other. We must care for those who are the least worthy. We must provide for the poor, take care of the sick, spend time with the lonely. We must do these things because we have an unconditional love for people. We must love and we must love EVERYONE.
It is too late for the beautiful children and women of Sandy Brook Elem. It is too late for the mother whose son’s loveless cold heart caused him to kill her and so many innocents. It is too late for them. We can’t save them. We can honor their lives by sharing the love we have with the living. Create a nation of people who love each other. Not just the ones who are easy to love, but love everyone.
It is not too late for the rest of us.
If you think that it would not happen to your child, brother, sister, or family. If you think that there is no one in your life who is capable of committing the horrific acts that happened at the little elementary school, you need to think again. Evil knows no bounds. It is not particular when it choose victims. Evil prevails. Evil is real. In this world there is only only sword, one weapon that can stop evil and we are all responsible for wielding it. There is a why for this horrific event, for the others that have happened and for the tragedies that will follow. Evil is growing and love is dying.
Evil can only exist where there is no love.