Yesterday’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas serves as a reminder that evil, not God, is our enemy. In the aftermath of the shooting, we shouldn’t be fighting with each other. We should double down on our efforts to fight evil every chance we get because evil is what caused so many people to lose their lives and loved ones in the most unlikely of all places – a church.
What happened in a garden long ago was more like a violent crash than a mere fall. I first heard the fall likened that way by my younger brother. Imagine how we’d all view life is we understood the fall as the crash it really was.
LIFE OUTSIDE OF EDEN
Life outside of Eden is hard and painful. Pain and suffering are the result of evil, not God. If you want to know why God allows evil, that’s a great question. In fact, it’s the question of the ages. If I could answer that question, I’d be more than a mere mortal. I can, however, provide the biblical perspective this side of glory, which dates back to the Book of Genesis. But if you want the existential answer that goes beyond the involvement of Adam and Eve, I think we have to be honest with each other and admit that we don’t ultimately know.
Sin, by definition, is to seek happiness, fulfillment and wisdom apart from God. It can’t be done. Both Adam and Eve tried it, and look where that got us. So much of our time is spent trying to recreate paradise here in a broken world. It’s an impossible endeavor. Paradise apart from God is a mirage.
If we are concerned with evil, a great place to start is deep within our thinking and hearts. I’ve found that there is plenty within to keep me vigilant 24/7.
Pray for the people most deeply impacted by the Sutherland Springs shooting, and ask God to do a deeper work within you, too.
HAVE YOU LET YOU GUARD DOWN AGAINST EVIL, AND BLAMED GOD WHEN HE ISN’T THE ONE TO BLAME AFTER ALL?
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