Friday, July 20, 2012

Responding to the "Dark (K)Night"

My heart has been grieving over the news of the shootings this morning in Colorado. I have been in prayer for those who have lost loved ones. This was truly a "Dark Knight" in our nation. Lord, bring healing.

How should a nation respond to this kind of evil? Many will react to this tragic display of violence by crying out for more gun control. This is misguided. This is not the solution. This tragic shooting was ultimately the result of the original "Dark Knight", Satan himself, having his way. It was a result of a depraved mind and of evil going unchecked. The problem isn't with guns, instead the issue is found in the condition of the heart and the soul of a nation that has been hardened as it has slowly been turning its back on God - promoting evil and violence instead of standing up for righteousness and goodness.

So now what? How will we respond to this tragedy? We must grieve. We must show love to those who have lost loved ones. Then we must take action. Not with more rules and laws, but with a change of heart. We must get to the root of the problem. We must get to the heart level. We must address the darkness that has been allowed to creep into the soul of this nation. Government isn't the solution, God is.
We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams (our 2nd President)
How do you expel darkness? You turn on the light. How does a nation battle against this kind of darkness? It once again shines the bright light of Jesus Christ. As a nation, we need to stop our constant promotion of evil and violence. We need to stand up and demand righteousness. We need to call out evil and remove it from our society. And we need to bring Jesus back into our public square; back into our schools; back into our work places; back into our land.

Only God can cause good to come from this. Only Jesus can bring peace. He is the only solution and He is the only resolution. So as the people of God, we must take our direction from 2 Chronicles 7:14
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Lord, forgive our sin, bring Your light, and heal our land. We need you Jesus.

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