If you are like me you have been horrified by the recent school shooting in Florida. I have talked with many in our church family about these events and the same question has risen. What do these things mean?
To answer that question I draw back to a proverbial saying that I learned as a young man: “The loudest voice is not necessarily the truest.”
Understandably, as what happens in most crisis situations, there is a tendency for us to immediately want to place blame. Sadly, we have seen this play out on a national front in a way that has been extremely divisive and troubling. Not that trying to make our society safer is wrong, but in all the blaming and pointing of fingers that I have heard politicians, commentators, and pundits doing, one voice is sadly quieter than the rest. The condition of the heart.
In the 9th chapter of Daniel we observe Daniel being extremely troubled by the condition of his culture and the perceived delay of God’s promises. Instead of projecting his frustration upon those in his society engaged in sin, the seemingly righteous Daniel responded by fasting and raising up to God a prayer of humility and repentance.
Daniel realized that his heart was connected to the collective hearts of those around him.
We as a society have allowed a continued erosion of the value of life, while celebrating a culture of death. We as a society have neglected the duties of instilling godly values, personal responsibility, and perhaps most of all, respect.
I hope we may take a cue from Daniel and realize that our heart is connected to the hearts of those around us.
We live in a culture with hardened, hurting hearts and seared consciences. Christ’s call for us is not to shut our doors, but rather share His love and healing like never before.
How can we do this? Again, Daniel is a fairly good model for us to share Christ’s love. Here are a few steps.
- Pray continually. Don’t let crisis be what draws us to pray. Talk to the Father about more than just our small sphere. Pray like Daniel did in Chapter 9, reconciling his responsibility and connection to the world around him.
- Stand. When those around us consume that which defiles, that which is not praiseworthy, endure the call of separation and an being an example.
- Engage. Just as we were learning of multiple signs that were missed in this tragedy, our calling is to be ever vigilant. It is hurt people who end up hurting people. I pray that in our community we as a Church Family will be proactive in seeking out those who are the forgotten and neglected. We are called to help hurting people by sharing Christ’s healing love. This is not an easy task, but a high calling.
Please join me in praying for the healing of those who have been devastated by this tragedy. Let us also pray for the direction of our culture in regards to valuing life.
1 Tim 2:1-6 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. ESV
Loving you all,