Christians: Don’t Lose Your Love in the Face of Tragedy

Photo courtesy Ash Carter
Memorial service 2016, Photo courtesy Ash Carter

Sunday morning, it finally happened… again.

Another church was senselessly attacked by a murderous madman, armed to the teeth and the congregation sat as sitting ducks in a hellish rampage.

I will spare the reader from what is certain to be the upcoming debates of whether the solution to what has become such an epidemic is arming church members or banning guns altogether.  We’ll leave this conversation to the parishioners, politicians and pundits.

Instead, in the light of today’s events, it is my prayer that Christians allow today’s events to showcase what is great about this extraordinary faith rather than allow it to be cause for bitterness, fear or unscriptural responses.

In Matthew 24, Christ’s disciples asked him what signs would indicate his coming.

In response, Jesus began painting a dark picture of the future world, stating, “ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars… For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”

Concluding his answer, Jesus warned his followers, “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

As we continue to watch the words of Jesus fulfilled and nations begin to rise against nations and believers are killed, we also stand as witnesses to Jesus’ most troubling prophecy, “The love of many shall wax cold.”

Dear Christian: The opening weekend of November 2017 was gut-wrenching, disgusting and troubling; but may we as believers, who have been personally touched by the love of Christ, keep in mind that it is that single word, “love”, that defines our faith and sets us apart from so many others.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. — I John 4.11-12

In an era when it seems the world is growing darker with each passing day, may we as Christians remember our calling, to be a light in darkness and be overflowing with love in a society ran amuck with hatred.

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