This past weekend we saw the deadliest attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. My heart goes out to the families of those killed and injured. It is horrifying to see what is going on, not only on American soil, but around the world.
Over the past couple of days as I read the articles and watch the news, one thing resounds. People don’t know where to look for hope. There is an abundance of questions and a lot of blame. Guns, Muslims, the FBI, Homeland Security, privacy laws, politicians; the list could go on. Yes, the person responsible for the carnage was an evil man, a Muslim, with weapons and explosives, who somehow slipped by the FBI. The physical threat against us is very real. However, as the church, we should be reminding ourselves of who is really behind the evil that is so prevalent in our day? Who has the answers to the questions being asked?
As Christians we often get carried away in the waves of emotion that always follows this type of devastation. We get caught up in the ‘lovewins’, ‘lovemorehateless’ hashtags, and the calls to stand united. As the church we should be reaching out, praying for, and encouraging people in any way we can. We should mourn with those who mourn. Our law enforcement and government should be doing everything necessary to wipe out this type of violence and hatred. However, we can not forget what 1 Peter 5:8 tells us. “The devil roams about the earth seeking out whom he may devour.” The devil.
Church, our battle is not against the physical. Our battle wages in the heavens. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the true enemy of this world. An enemy that is bent on sending as many souls to a lost eternity as he can.
So where are we, church? Are we as quick to fall to our knees in prayer as we are to jump on our Facebook or Twitter page? Are we as quick to blame that we can’t see over that which is tangible? Sadly, I think not. The world we live in is becoming darker and darker with each day. Our own nation is becoming more and more Godless. If we, God’s people do not stand in the gap, nobody will. Our job is to bring the only real answer to the questioning. To speak the truth in the midst of confusion and chaos.
As we reach out and minister to those who are hurting, broken and lost, I pray we would not lose site of the battle we face, and resolve to fight accordingly.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4