Thoughts on the Texas Chruch Shooting
My friend and teacher George W. Carraway shared these thoughts on the Texas Shootings.
I am sure we are all grieving over the murders in Texas on Sunday November 5, 2017. In addition, I have been troubled by the number of people the media thinks so much of, who have been critical of people of faith and particularly have denigrated the value of prayer. It seems we face grief on top of grief in the world today. I don’t know of much to say about it except this: “Come, Lord Jesus.” As the apostle wrote in this well-known passage:
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1Co 15:20 ESV)”
Hate and death may seem like they are kings now, but that will not always be true. We look forward to the day when all things are made right and the final enemy is defeated. For now, we are not defeated. People and governments have sought to eliminate us for 20 centuries. No matter what the opposition does, we will continue to offer a defense for the hope that lies within us. That, not violent reaction, is our response.