When I got home from church on Sunday, I turned on the television to see if there was something that I could watch before taking a nap. Normally there is a calm game of golf on, which always works great. But instead I was presented with a news story reporting that 50 people where shot dead over night. My night, on the other hand, ended with eating ice cream and safely going to bed. If you’re like me and have been saying to yourself, “it shouldn’t be this way”, you are right.
It was never meant to be this way.
God has created every single human being in his own image. This isn’t something that we earn by how we live. None of us are more worthy than the other. No one has an inherit righteousness that makes them more deserving. It is declared by the very word of God that everyone is an image bearer of the Creator of all things.
But we live in a fallen world, so that image is not like it used to be. It has been like this since the day Adam and Eve made their own decision to disobey God. As a result, everything fell along with them. Everyone is born into this world with corrupted hearts, and bent towards evil.
But there is hope in this present suffering, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ. Jesus has come into this world that we would repent and believe in Him, and be saved from our sin (John 3:17-18). He has come to create within us a new heart (2 Corinthians 5:17). And there will be a day when He returns to restore all things. There will be a day when there will be no more tears, no more wounds, no more suffering, no more murders.
Christians, who have been changed by this truth, should be the ones with the most compassion. The ones with the most mercy. The ones that weep with those that weep. Christians should be the ones that see the crowds as Jesus would, with compassion, and in need of healing and hope (Matthew 9:35-36).
If it mattered to Jesus, it should matter to us.
Each day that has been passing by, it continues to break my heart to know that these 50 people did not know that day would be their last. To think that there were some who died without their hope in Christ.
I know the sinful life that God saved me from. There was nothing about my life that was more worthy than any one of these who died. I will never fully comprehend the riches of His grace in this current life. But that is who God, abounding in mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
So I have been praying for those in Orlando, that they will find hope in this time. I have been praying that the Lord will send Christians to that city to share the certain hope we have in Christ. That the churches there would be strengthened to minister to that city.
They need to hear the gospel, the good news of salvation. It is the only thing that can change us. It is the only thing that can bring hope.