This post contains a question brought on by the recent events I Aurora, CO. It’s a question that comes up anytime we bear witness to tragedy in our society. We, as Americans, may be more prone to pose this question than people other places in the world. We tend to believe that, as cities of this great nation, we are immune from the atrocities that so often occur outside our borders. When the violence we see “out there” happens here at home, we often ask the question “Why?”
I believe that is the wrong question to ask. We tend to think our comfortable existence in the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave” should insulate us from the horrors of the world beyond our shores. If we take a closer look, we’ll see that there are atrocities occurring here also. It’s really just a matter of perspective. When the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, many in this nation were shaken out of our slumber about the world in which we live. Even as Americans, we are NOT immune from violence, heartache, poverty, and all other sorts of evil. For us, it takes events like those that occurred this week to help us see the reality of the world in which we live. A fallen world. A world, not as God intended. Does this mean that evil triumphs and we are simply at the mercy of these forces? My answer is NO!
The evil that we see inflicted upon people of this nation, no people of the world is not because God does not exist. There are those who would say the world would be MUCH worse without God. While that is true, that’s not my current focus. If we are to gain any comfort, any peace, any joy in this life, we cannot let the evil that we see be our focus. When we focus on evil, it is perpetuated. Not in more senseless shootings or bus bombings. This evil is perpetuated in fear, mistrust, and hatred. The only way to counter this evil is with love. Yes, love. For those of you who say, “L, you’re being too simple-minded, it can’t be that easy.” The solution is simple, yes. Is it easy, no.
The agape love that God has for the world. That type of love transforms. It enlightens. It liberates. The sad thing is that many will live their entire lives searching for, but never finding this love. My deepest desire is, just as God’s, that ALL mankind would come into the understanding of this love that is FREELY available to all whom believe. The great thing is that once you get it, no one nothing will be able to separate you from it. It transforms, it enlightens, it liberates. The best thing about is that once you have it, really have it, in the core of your being, all you want to do is share it. When you have it and you share it, the world becomes a better place. One changed person at a time.
1 John 4:18-19 ESV
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
Yet in all these things we a
re more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.