It’s A Sad, Sad Day – But Not The End Of The Story

It’s a sad, sad day in America.

The killing of 20 precious little children (ages 5-10) in Connecticut by this young gunman this morning is beyond belief. . .or is it?

Jesus told us:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 in the Bible).

Maybe we do need stricter gun laws in the U.S. but that won’t change the heart of the “thief” Jesus was talking about – the devil, Satan – or the hearts of humans he influences or possesses.

We need God in our country.

We need Jesus in our hearts.

Desperately.

Yes, it’s a sad, sad day but it is not the end of the story. I refuse to focus only on what horrible evil has been done by Satan and a young man in his grip.

Jesus contrasted the heinous acts the devil comes to do with what he comes to do through his love. He said he came to give people “life” – amazing, wonderful, full, meaningful life.

Jesus was not speaking about an easy life. Not a life without bewildering tragedy or excruciating heartache.

The kind of life Jesus came to give us is his glorious presence in our hearts when we respond to his request that we invite him to come inside:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. . .” (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus came to bring us life in this world and God will have the final say in the next in a judgment which is as perfect as it is sure.

It’s a sad, sad day. Many people in Connecticut need our prayers and all the love and compassion they can get from those around them tonight.

But I am so very glad: it’s not the end of the story.

8 thoughts on “It’s A Sad, Sad Day – But Not The End Of The Story

  1. Exactly Mark- this is also one of the results of our Godless schools curriculum.An assembly line of intentional genocide before birth, then consistent teaching of Godless evolution and we are conditioned to actually behave worse than animals.

    • Syd, I think you have something strong here.

      We have kicked God out of the schools and now we want His help.

      Thankfully, He is more gracious and full of mercy than we would be.

      But you wonder how long He will put up with America’s moral decline as evidenced by violence in video games, movies, TV shows, and young men walking into malls and schools and movie theaters and opening fire.

      May God help us, forgive us, and bring healing to the families of these little children and the adult victims as well!

    • Syd,

      There is a count down for sure to the end. And. . .there are signs that point to the end. One such sign the Bible points to in the last days is increasing violence:

      2 Timothy 3:1 (NIV) – “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.”
      2 Timothy 3:1 (NLT) – “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.”
      2 Timothy 3:1 (Phillips) – “But you must realise that in the last days the times will be full of danger.”

      Paul uses an interesting word which is translated above as “terrible,” “very difficult,” and “full of danger.” In Greek it is χαλεποί (chalepoi) and it can be translated as “fierce.”

      In these fierce, violent, dangerous times, we must trust in the Lord alone:

      Psalm 91:2 – “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”

  2. I find that the comments I just read ring true, and reflect so many losses/disappointments in our culture and lives. I have been a teacher in the public schools for lots of years, and continue today as substitute in classrooms.. So much has changed.. and from my perspective the changes involve: many families who do not teach their kids about God and His son, Jesus; humanistic secular values that are part of some lessons; subtle [and not so sublte] ways of demeaning Christian beliefs; the unchecked violence of media and video games, [which is not getting enough press]; increased narcissism, and parents neglecting to nurture their precious children. Quite a list…. I praise GOD that He is still in control and that He continues to offer us a generously loving, and amazing gift in His Son Jesus, who gave His life to give us new life.

    • Well said, Ruth!

      Thanks so much for your needed input. As a classroom teacher, you see what most of us don’t see regarding the decline of our culture because we have turned our back on God.

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