Many of us are still reeling from last week’s tragedy. Prayers and much weeping has been the comfort of many to be certain. As those who lost the most begin their respective journeys to pick up the pieces and make sense of the tragedy, may the grace of the Lord Jesus comfort each heart.
Like many of you, I’ve listened since the tragedy, the mis-information, the speculation, the pundits, and the crazies, to varying degree’s of patience I might add. As absolutely heart breaking as it is, to think of my own children, my 6 year old, and all the similarities that each and every parent associates with the situation, I can understand why so many are asking why? When the separation of death strikes, it strikes to your foundation, which I know first hand. Even with a solid foundation it can send you into a tailspin in this world, if you are not careful. During the most difficult days of mine and my families life these are the words the Lord spoke to me: “My Grace is sufficient for thee”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
At the time that is all I had, but it was all I needed. In the hours, days, months, and years that have followed since that time nearly 5 years ago, I know exactly where I was when the word of the Lord came to me…I was enroute to the hospital on a lonely Montana road on highway 87 passing thru a little stretch named “the devils basin”. It was the beginning of a journey that I shall never forget, but a story for another time.
For a good perspective from a friend of mine who has worked with youth of all dispositions in the ministry see his post here:
Many are searching for something to blame, be it the gun(s), the mother, and so many other good candidates. To be honest, I was no different. However for the last year or so there’s been an alarming trend with some murder/suicides within the confines of our American Fighting Men and Women… the correlation of SSRI’s and the increase risk of violent behaviors. With a little searching, I found the below link:
If there wasn’t adequate links to the 4,800+ stories chronicled there my point would be ill made. This is not the only link that will come from the tragedy of late, but let me leave you with a few things to think on.
My dear brother made the comment to me a while back to which I paraphrase…if men and women refuse to live by 10 laws, will they live by 10,000?
“And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? To whom will ye flee for help? And where will ye leave your glory?”
Matthew 27:21 & 26
“The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that i release unto you? They said, Barabbas”
“Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”
After a good chat with one of my brothers I began to couple that conversation with other thoughts. Namely a few words rattling around in the ole grey matter from Steve Quayle from a recent radio broadcast…”there is no political salvation”. Very true indeed. It appears that some in our country continue to seek a “national” salvation to our problems when the answer has already been given both in redemption of Jesus Christ and early the examples of the early church.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
The early church didn’t seek office, or try and work through the political landscape to change the world. To the contrary they went as the Spirit led them into the world and they turned the world upside down doing so. A wonderful point and call, valid even in this day. Occupy till I come.
Let me start right out of the gate acknowledging that my prayers are with the Petraeus family, as their family name is excoriated on the National stage. I would further preface with Galatians 6:1:
“Bretheren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
As many pastors have well said… sin takes you further than you want to go and makes you pay more than you want to pay.
The point to my meanderings here and the title of this post..Something is broken, is no shock to any of us paying attention, for how often does the “Media” give attention to that which is not worthy, whilst ignoring that which is worthy. So now every possible outlet is covering the developing scandal and how provocative it is. But back in September…Benghazi? Cue the crickets.
So we know something is broken, and has been for a long time. We will see and hear, get quotes from thousands of emails, see the unmerciful labels such as General “Betray-Us”, and watch as the scandal unfolds and destroys a family, a man of service, etc. But what of Benghazi? Those who died, what was going on there preceding the attack? Well we may not know this side of eternity, the frustration of say the Woods family, a decent and God fearing family, I’m sure are among those desirous of answers. They all deserve answers and so far it’s just double talk and scandal.
A time for honesty?
Don’t take this post as a licking of wounds or as a disappointment in this weeks elections, or as a complaint. Let’s separate emotions for a moment and ask and maybe answer a question or two or seven.
Let me preface that my world view is shaped by that of scripture and of eschatology, but I will look insomuch as possible with another perspective.
The whole 1% verses the 99% topic…. Can 1% support 99%?
I would abjure us as Americans to pay better attention, we’ve been asleep at the wheel for far too long…. The road signs have said for several miles that the bridge is out ahead… Now as the economist, the bankers, and the like all shout “fiscal cliff” strait ahead we’ve built so much momentum that it’s unavoidable to fly off the cliff… What will you do?
The America I love is the land of the free and home of the brave. As one watcher put it well… It has turned into land of the freebies, home of the enslaved.
Your shackles fitting okay?
Jeremiah 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
Here the cold rain falls steadily. Here the sadness of those who have ears to hear understand. Woeful concern yields complete reliance upon Him who gives grace sufficient to meet all our needs.
Our fallen countenance will burn bright the moment when we trust wholly upon the faith of Him, who yet will we were sinners, He died for us.