December 17, 2012

how we have hope in the face of evil

Their precious Noah, age 6, who was killed last Friday at school. My own little Noah is just 7.
After Friday, how do we go back to regular life?

I think it's the question on everyone's heart today.

My heart aches for the families of the children and teachers that died in Connecticut last week. I can't begin to imagine the grief and anger they must face right now.

I feel angry that an evil boy-man can go in and take the lives of little children.

I'm angry that he killed himself. That he's not alive to see what he did. I realize He will face a much more serious judge than here on earth, but I still can't believe that he was so cowardly.

I don't know if I should be angry or not, honestly. We are called to love, but my chest burns because I can't believe a human being would be capable of such an atrocity. It's just so evil.

But there is nothing new under the sun, my brother Josh reminds me. Evil men have been taking the lives of children and the innocent for centuries. 

How could I forget?

Around this time more than two thousand years ago, a decree went out from the government that all of the first-born sons under 2 in Bethlehem were to be killed. That's why Mary and Joseph had to take Jesus and flee to Egypt.

Can you imagine your government killing your first-born baby boy?

How about the government demanding the life of any of your newborn baby boys like Pharaoh did in the time of Moses?

Or your government deciding to murder your disabled child like Hitler did not even 75 years ago?

And what about people deciding to kill their own children? 

1.2 million innocent babies died in our very own country last year.

It seems to me that evil hates innocence. Evil wants to kill innocence.

How is this possible? So many people ask why a good God would allow this to happen.

My question in return is, why would mankind allow this to happen? Why do we allow it to happen?

The responsibility is ours. The consequences are ours.

Man is desperately wicked. 

From the fall in the garden, we have been seeking our own way apart from God. We are completely unable to bring ourselves to goodness. 

History just shows us that man continues to sin, and even in the same way. 

We are forever lost without a chance- doomed to repeat history- unless someone comes to redeem us.

And only Jesus, the Son of God, did that. 

He was innocent, but He gave Himself up. 

We killed Him, the spotless Lamb, just like all those madmen killed those innocent children. 

Why? 

Because evil wants to kill innocence.  Evil hates good.

Our sins put Jesus on the cross that day. We crucified Him with our lies, our disobedience, our hate. He died because of what we did. 

But God in His amazing GLORY, defeated our sin in that moment- through the death and resurrection of His perfect Son, we became able to be made clean and perfect like He is. In a moment, we went from murderers to adopted, righteous sons and daughters made new in His likeness. 

What???

What is that incredible, crazy mercy?

Oh, do you see it??

We have no hope aside from Jesus!


But God is so, so merciful. 

God's eyes weren't closed when the Connecticut shooting happened. He sees the evil happening here. Like Ninevah, this country's evil has come up before God

And He sent a Way for us to repent- to be saved, just like He did for that evil city.

God is as full of mercy today as He was in Ninevah's day. They were a culture known for loving violence {does it seem strange that we as a culture today love to watch it in movies, TV, video games, and the news?}, but God had great pity on them, and gave them the chance to repent. 

He saw their 120,000 who didn't know their right hand from their left. He saw their tiny innocent ones, and He didn't want them to die. 

God isn't willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance: 
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Like the persistent widow demanding justice from the judge in Luke 18, our human heart cries for justice when evil does us wrong. But do we remember that we were once the evil-doer? And that God had mercy on us?

My heart is angry for the children that died, and I want to see that a punishment is given to the person who did it. My heart wants justice for the innocent. I want what is wrong to be made right. Everyone in this place does. 

This world is broken. We can all see that. Anyone can see that.

The question is, are we willing to see what we did to the Redeemer of all things?

He died for our sins. He was innocent. Spotless. Pure.  

Will we turn from our sins, and put our hope in Him alone? He waits with great patience for us to come to Him. 

What can we do as believers as we look for His return? For this broken world to be made new and clean and right again? 


Oh, and we can't miss how Jesus finishes the parable of the widow with this important question:
"Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Luke 18:8

Will he find us faithful at the end? Will you put your hope in Him today?

Jesus, thank you for your great mercy toward us. We are sinners desperately in need of you, and we praise you for giving us a way to come before you. We eagerly await your return, Jesus. Please comfort the broken-hearted as only you can do, God. You can imagine their grief, Lord. Oh Jesus, we come before you asking that you would be the light in the darkness of this situation. Show them your glory, Lord, and give them hope, Father. We love and praise you God, and we long for you to come.


13 comments:

  1. what an awesome reminder of the hope we have. thanks for sharing.

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  2. People who compare little tiny lumps of cells that you couldn't differentiate between those of an unborn elephant really undermine what it is like to lose an actual child. A fertilized embryo can come often out painlessly by itself, and this happens more often when a woman is not on birth control. So does that mean god aborts more babies than women do? Something that just comes out of you randomly and often without your knowledge is not the same as losing someone you loved, even if that is as short as an hour after birth.

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  3. I must say, what a sadly ignorant statement that is. I am but 13 weeks pregnant, I've known since 4 weeks and from that very moment, my husband and I have been on cloud 9, we've been dreaming of what he or she will be like, choosing baby names (even decided upon a middle name already). Technically our baby isn't considered a 'human life' and thousands of women probably aborted their babies at this exact stage today. But to me, my husband, and my family, we are all already excited and anticipating the birth of this child. If I was to miscarry, we would mourn this loss of this as if he/she were born because the true love of a mother (a parent) is not dictated by the minutes you have with them, but by the earnest love, anticipation, hopes, dreams and prayers spent on this little being, growing. Also, my niece was stillborn, she died the day before she was due, by your logic, she is not desperately missed because she was never 'known' - - I can tell you I have seen the despair in her Mother's eyes (and the eyes of her other Aunt's, Uncles, and Grandparents) and I have no doubt she is/was INCREDIBLY loved before she was born. She was named, she was dreamt of and she was held in the hearts of SO many people and yet, she never took a breath - Just like these "fertilized embryo's" as you so compassionately put it.... I feel very sorry for you, that you do not understand THAT kind of unconditional love. I hope one day, that you do. It's what makes life worth living :)

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  4. You said it beautifully.

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  5. I have started thinking that the facts don't seem to add up and kept on changing. Was this Adam Lanza? or was he just a puppet for the government's hidden agenda? I think we are looking at Revelations.

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  6. Here is a link http://shortlittlerebel.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/urgent-update-on-connecticut-shooting/

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  7. facts from a Christian conservative whom studies revelations and lines it up with what is happening today.

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  8. I have read so much about the shooting and how to work through it. I have been so angry and fearful to send my kids back into the world. This post put it so beautifully that you set my mind at ease and reminded me of some things I was forgetting. Thank you :)

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  9. great post! such a good reminder. And loved your part about Herod, Pharoah, Hitler, and abortion. This was terrible, but it was by no means the only tragic loss of an innocent child's life.

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  10. This post is the reason I love reading your blog. Thank you.

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  11. Thank You for being truthful and honest and not blaming the mental health care system, president or guns ect. When it comes down to the truth, It was an evil act carried out by evil. There is no scapegoat or excuse for it. There doesn't even have to be a motive for evil other than to carry out evil and cause pain and destruction upon the earth.We all are given free will and have choices between right and wrong. Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us what we are called to do. This is a terrible nightmare that has become a reality. But, we need to fight against the forces of evil and wear the armor of God.

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  12. Beautiful, truthful, powerful. Thank you, Mandy. You just wrote everything my heart has been feeling. Oh that God would give us eyes to see...

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