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CLARITY – 4-20-19 Certainties


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-20-19


What’s Happening: “It’s 24 years later for most of us, but for the families of those killed (168) or injured (680), it was like yesterday when Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Before 9/11 happened, it was the deadliest terror attack in the U.S. (albeit domestic terrorism). Memorials were only local ( Posted by u/homefree122, ‘I woke up and watched the local news hour, and of course it was covering the bombing memorial. But, sadly, when the national news came on, not a word was said about the Murrah Bombing.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a tragedy! Those folks were just going about their business!”

Biblical Response:  “I weep, too (Rom. 12:15). However, like I’ve said before, all tragedy is local. Sure, it makes a big contemporary splash, but those national ripples are pretty small when diminished by time.  The tragedies in Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook , the World Trade Center, terrorist activities the world over,.etc., were peopled by folks just ‘going about their business’, too. The uncertainties of life find most of us seeking the certainty of justice…and always feeling cheated, However, heaven and hell are probably the certainties we seek…whether we know it or not.”

“Christians? We believe, also as I’ve said before, justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible. We look at this life and agree that there are two inevitable certainties: death and taxes, but beyond this life (the length of which pales by comparison) are certainties that are eternal realities: heaven and hell (ps. 139:8).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we take comfort from this truth, not fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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