by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, October 12, 2017
As I am writing this column news reports are still coming in about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. At least 50 people are dead and over 100 wounded. Over the next few weeks many things will be discussed and fingers pointed. Gun control will be a hot topic as will “hateful rhetoric” (from which ideology will be determined by the political and/or religious leanings of the shooter). Guilt will be used as a political weapon. We will ask the right question but will stop short of the correct answer.
What would cause a person to slaughter complete strangers? If we took away all guns, agreed on one president, had only one race, and even had only one religion, the reason a man would take multiple weapons to hotel room and fire randomly into a crowd causing so much pain and ruining so many lives would still exist. Evil.
Evil is defined as “profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity…” the author of evil is none other than Satan. The Bible describes him in a lot of ways: He is the prince of darkness, the god of this world, the adversary, a liar and the father of lies, the tempter, the enemy, and many others. Those who do not believe the Bible laugh as we say that, but the world ignores the devil at it’s own peril. If you don’t know your enemy, you will never defeat your enemy.
I’ve always said that Jesus is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. I emphasize that here. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the true unifier of this world. As you pray for the victims of this tragedy, pray that our nation would know the peace that passes the understanding of a fallen humanity. In the end, that is the answer.