Prayers for Vegas

Immediately after a tragic event sucker punches humanity, we see sparring debates over gun control and our mental health care system.  Words turn to bullets as people become so bitterly obsessed with attacking the opinion of others that they fail to remember the deaths of the innocent they are arguing over in the first place.

The blame game begins but no one looks inward.  No one looks at where the root of evil really began.  It's not because of Trump or Obama or Bush. Or democrats or republicans. Or oppression or injustice.  Or weapons or healthcare.  Long before any of these eras drew a breath, long before a gun was created, there was a murder and it's story is told without a single discrepancy.

It is the story of Cain and Abel. Cain had no weapons. He had jealousy sparring his heart; he was filled with evil and wicked ways and thoughts, and that was all the motive that he needed for a tragedy to occur. Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"  There, in Genesis 4, is where the first record of murder is cited.  No guns, no health care, just evil.

After each mass-casualty tragedy, we search for the motive as we overlook the simplicity of evil at it's worst.

"In the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness but denying it's power. And from such people, turn away!" 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Is there really any question why this is happening after reading the above? Does that not sound like a spitting image of mankind surrounding our cities?

Friends, we have been greatly warned.  As we near closer to Jesus's return, these warnings will become more and more loud.  More and more clear.  More and more devastating.  Not because God isn't good, because He is the exact opposite.

The more God is taken out of this world, the more evil is let in, and the more evil that resides in the hearts of man, the more tragedies such as this we will see. God has been removed from our speech, from our lives, from the forefront of our focus only to be replaced with pure evil, selfish motives and desires of the heart.  People search for satisfaction, clinging to any earthly possession they can find hoping for a peace that they desperately cannot find, for the peace that they search for can only be found in a life walking with our Lord Jesus Christ.

So let's all take a minute and put down our weapon of words and let's be silent and pray for the families and victims of yet another tragedy.  Let's pray for the hearts of man to turn from wickedness, from selfishness, from being lovers of self and to take up the cross. Instead of engaging in debate, let's fill our time praying that our world in its shaken state is woken up and Jesus is not only seen, but allowed to enter the hearts of evil man.

For no one is too evil for the Lord to renew.

This madness will stop when every heart turns from it's wickedness, repents and believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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