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CLARITY – 1-9-20 (In Retrospect) The Pictures Weren’t That Important


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-9-20

(In Retrospect) The Pictures Weren’t That Important

What’s Happening: “A newly-wed couple, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademsadi and Niloofar Ebrahim, he traveling under a British passport, left Tehran on a Ukrainian International Airlines 737-800 flight, and all 176 passengers perished when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, Wednesday. Nobody knows yet whether or not the crash had any connection to the missiles fired in Iran’s response to what the Iran government called ‘American aggression.’ The couple had stayed later than the rest of the wedding party waiting for pictures ( ‘We all left to come back home earlier and were anxious about the situation because of what’s going on in the region. But when we spoke to them ten minutes before they boarded, [and] we thought everything was fine. Then we heard their flight had gone down. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,’ said Amir, Mr. Tahmasebi’s brother-in-law.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s a tragedy, for sure. I guess the pictures weren’t that important, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe they were victims of the missiles, maybe Boeing’s got more problems, etc., but I’m with you: The pictures were just not that important. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! I don’t imagine they prayed about it…but maybe they should have. We go blythely about our day, thinking/assuming that nothing will happen to us…of course, the Scripture recommends to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6). We all have a tendency to forget we live in a fallen world (read Gen. 3).”

“Christians? We believe we are to pray about everything…to assume nothing, but we also believe in empathizing with those who mourn (Rom. 12:15). There’s something comforting in helping others realize they are not alone.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to forget losses and those who mourn, but realize God may be working through tragedy to accomplish something beneficial (Rom. 8:28), too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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