But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
This weekend Americans received two horrendous reports from Orlando, Florida about gun violence and the seed of mental illness and hate.
The tragedy of the killing of the young twenty-two year old pop singer and YouTube sensation, Christine Grimmie, by a stranger brought about for many of us, sadness, anger and questions.
Then before the weekend news cycle ended, another major breaking news announcement of forty-nine people being assassinated and fifty-three injured in Orlando.
On Sunday morning, there were probably sermons denouncing these two incidents of hate and gun violence and then, there were also I’m sure sermons denouncing the lifestyle of those who were attacked in the night club.
Here though lies the truth of any violent death.
They are not of God.
God never created man to be violent but to love, as He is love.
The condition of mankind is continually getting comfortable with sin.
And with sin comes the outcome of being faced with the consequences of disobeying God.
With people pointing fingers at one another and declaring one to be holier than another person.
Maybe we all need to step back for a moment and search of our own heart and realize that the heart is deceitful and wicked and no one knows that better than God.
Those who were murdered have loved ones who are suffering and in pain, trying to figure out what happen and most importantly, “why their child? Spouse? Friend? Neighbor?”
We are all responsible for how this world is turning out.
Also, this is truly not the time to act impulsively and attack the families of the ones directly responsible for these two tragedies. I’m pretty sure that these families are dealing with the heaviness of being responsible for something they may not have had a hand in.
Only time will provide what the facts are in these two cases.
My heart tells me that those of us who believe in Christ, should never stop praying–and our prayers need to be for the entire world and not just for America.
And finally, we ought not to buy into the rhetoric of individuals or groups who would use these two tragedies to divide us even more.
Much hate breeds much evil.
Much love breeds much love.
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