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Can We Make Sense of the Senseless?

November 6, 2017

For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. – Romans 7:11

The news of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has no doubt affected us all. Emotions range from brokenness, to sadness, to anger, to fear, to perhaps even being numb. There is no rational way to make sense of something so senseless, or is there?

Let me clarify…

Is there any circumstance that would make such a horrendous, heartless, and brutal act acceptable in any facet of American society? Certainly not. As Christians, it is compounded by the fact that these are our brothers and sisters in Christ who were attacked, with about half of a congregation lost, and the other half traumatized.

To put this in perspective, understand this . . . every act of harm against mankind is a result of one thing . . . sin. Sin is a result of selfishness, and selfishness is a result of a life lived contrary to God. You have to look no further than Genesis to see the selfishness of Adam and Eve resulting in sin and the consequences of sin being manifested in the hostility between Cain and Abel.

This young man who committed this heinous act yesterday was not being guided by a Savior but by sin. In the above text we see that sin deceives and sin kills. It’s hard for Christians to make sense of it because our sensibilities are guided by the Holy Spirit. For someone not surrendered to the Holy Spirit, selfishness easily becomes sin and sin, once given opportunity to grow, destroys and even kills.

The answer to preventing future tragedies like this has nothing to do with gun laws or even increased security. We have a sin problem, church, plain and simple.

We all battle with sin, but the surrendered child of God will not be mastered by it.

Church, let’s pray for the people of Sutherland Springs, their families, the believers and non-believers alike who follow this story who may be tempted to turn away from God because this situation doesn’t make sense. Let us ask God for the burden for souls, so that we may make Kingdom impact in those we come in contact with.

Tony Watson


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