December 3, 2020

The Council

A modern day council!

We recently had in Florida a school shooting in which 17 people were murdered and others were injured. It shows us in times of darkness what true evil is. We often miss that because we usually get sucked into a political debate about gun control that probably would’ve done nothing to stop shootings like this. The problem is people assume that the government can change hearts and minds. We have this hope that the state can save us from the wickedness of other humans.

This, of course, was a breakdown of the system. The FBI and PD were aware that the boy was clearly a serious and credible threat. They failed to deal with the possible leads that were definitely apparent to the school and victims. I can relate to this event as I once went to school in Florida and can imagine if someone did that to the school that I attended.

Where are we to find comfort in tragedies? If atheism is true, then we have nothing to place our grief for relief.Everyone has died for nothing and life has no purpose. Those kids were simply dust specks on an insignificant rock in space. It really didn’t matter whether now or later because it is all going to end the same.The problem with that is Christianity is true. So, the comfort is placed in the fact that evil like this isn’t purposeless, but all apart of God’s plan to bring about the greater good of his purposes. It also deals with our sense of injustice as this kid that shot up the school should be executed in a painful way. It is sometimes the case that the wicked get punished for their deeds in this life, but often they get off without any punishment but instead live a life of pleasure. Atheism leaves the injustice as just a cold fact of the universe, but Christianity maintains that God will always do the just thing. The wicked will not go unpunished and that is why Christians can feel comfort in the darkness of this world. God’s court transcends this world and nobody escapes.

“The first time [Christ] came to slay sin in men. The second time He will come to slay men in sin.”

― Arthur W. Pink

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