Last weekend we remembered those who gave their lives protecting us from those who would kill or enslave us. All too often we hear of those who slaughter the innocent; in schools, on the streets, in homes, and in abortion clinics. Tragedy abounds in our world, caused by man and by nature. Why does it happen, and is there anything we can do about it?
I read an article in American Thinker last week that raised those questions. The author not only spoke of the students who were killed at the high school in Santa Fe, but of the death of his father-in-law who was killed by a drug-impaired man who had multiple drug related convictions.
His father-in-law was also his pastor, and had stated in sermons more than once that“if you are hurting, if you are suffering, it is almost always due to one of two things: your sin or the sin of another.” I found those words to be true and very insightful.
Sin opened the door to pain and death in our world, and we’ve been dealing with the consequences of sin since that first sin in the garden. Sin that not only was reproduced in the lives of all men, but the results of sin that can be seen in a natural world that is no longer as God originally intended.
Rather than point the finger at others, or attempt to solve the problems we face thorough quick-fix politically expedient answers, the author said, “On countless moral matters we have ignored the Word of God and gone our own way.” He further noted that, “To stem the tide of evil, we must encourage a culture—in our personal lives, as well as our homes, businesses, schools, and government—that embraces the eternal truths of our Almighty God.” He added that, “We will never completely eliminate, or solve the problems of, evil in this world. We will not make any real progress—something that can be achieved —toward defeating evil in this world unless we recognize truly what is evil and what is to be done about it.”
God’s Word has revealed what evil is, and God’s Son has made it possible for us do something about it. We start by admitting that the suffering in this world is almost always due to our sin or the sin of another, and that God alone has the remedy for sin.
God Bless, Rick