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CLARITY – 8-5-19 Three Cities = One Truth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-5-19

Three Cities = One Truth

What’s Happening: “Gilroy (CA), El Paso (TX), and Dayton (OH)…three cities…one truth: Evil exists. Shootings in all three places…within a week…has over 30 dead, many wounded, many more grieving, but no one doubts the existence of evil. Amid the numerous investigations, the endless questions of motives, the discovery that anger, unresolved conflict, left-leaning thinking, domestic terrorism, settling old scores, the use of semi-automatic weapons, etc., is all involved, comes a stark and unrelenting reality: s*** happens (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/28/gilroy-garlic-festival-shooting-reports-investigated-california/1854339001/ – for California; (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ohio-shooting-police-identified-24-190345713.html – for Ohio; (https://www.yahoo.com/news/el-paso-shooting-police-warn-170716143.html – for Texas. Sure, there will be political posturing: gun control initiatives, those calling for more strict background checks, or mental health initiatives…but nothing will deal with the truth that evil exists…that the only way to deal with that has already occurred nearly 2000 years ago.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “My guess is that there are three cities whose churches will be full.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…though most folks may be too jaded to seek spiritual help. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for praying for those who are wounded, for the families of the victims, for giving comfort in tragedy (Rom. 12:15), but I’m also for knowing what the true problem is and for dealing with it. At the root of all evil is sin. And Jesus dealt with that on the cross (Rom. 6:6; 1 Pet. 2:24) After His death, He even gave His Holy Spirit to indwell us, assuring a nature change (Gal. 5:22). Our Founders recognized, however, that the battle for control of Man was not over (Rom 7:8-25) and legislated the teaching of the Bible in schools (Northwest Ordinance of 1787). Then we did the boneheaded thing of removing prayer and Bible teaching in 1962 (Engle v. Vitale). There can never be self-control if there is no God-control. And we won’t appeal for that if we’re raised to believe He doesn’t exist. We all get angry from time to time, but we ‘sin not’ (Eph. 4:26). Why? Because of self-control…which is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:19; Phil. 2:13).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in anger, in being passionate about this or that…just not in letting it evolve into sin. But we also believe in writing or calling our Legislator. Taking the long road to change involves patience (also a fruit of the Spirit). It also involves doing something different. The same actions yield the same outcomes.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not let these tragedies take their usual news-cycle course, producing short-term hand-wringing instead of long-term change; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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