Chances are that this last week, whether on the news or in a casual conversation, you heard the questions; Why did this happen? and What can we do?
The answers to those questions are both very complicated and yet plainly simple.
This, along with every other mind-numbing tragedy, happened because of sin. And what can we do? A lot.
Before you read on I would challenge you to stop for a moment and pray. Pray for all of those who have been impacted personally by the horrific events of last week. I would also encourage you to pray for the transformation of our society of which has become numb to death and destruction.
It is saddening to see “shares” on social media of numbers of deaths caused by guns vs. drunk drivers vs. knives vs. etc. Giving into those arguments only continues to make us numb. I fear that we have gotten to a place where we forget that there are real people behind each of those numbers represented. Human life is worth more than that.
Laws are important, but I do not want to get into any sort of debate here. The reason is that neither the right nor the left have the remedy for what ails us. That remedy only comes in one form and one form only. His name is Jesus.
Jesus is the centerpiece of the Bible and He carries with Him the message and the mission of the Bible: redemption. In simpler terms, God heals what is broken.
Our society is broken. Our neighbors, co-workers, families, and friends are all broken. We are broken. Jesus can fix that.
2 Corinthians 5:17 promises that if anyone belongs to Jesus they have been made new.
Ephesians 2 tells us that we can be transformed from death to life because of God’s great love.
Romans 5:6-8 reminds us that Jesus welcomes us in our weakest, ugliest, and worst states.
So, what are we, those who have been transformed by the love of Jesus, to do in the midst of times such as these? We do what Jesus always intended for us, the church, to do.
We transform society. (Matthew 5:13-16)
We shine so that others may see. (Matt 5:16)
We don’t conform but rather allow the Holy Spirit to transform us. (Romans 12:2)
We remember where we come from. (John 17:16)
We stand up against what is wrong. (Daniel 1 & 3)
We remember what our mission is. (John 17:15 &23)
We remember who is with us on this mission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We tell others what Jesus came to do. (Luke 19:10)
We walk what we talk. (James 1:19-27)
We trust God to make beauty from ashes. (Genesis 50:20)
One of my favorite Missions organizations (Send me a message if you’re interested in finding out which one and I will tell you all about them!) has an incredible missions statement. Here are my favorite parts of it. “A movement of God…that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.”
I love that statement so much because a movement of God that is fueled by local churches and transforms society can and should happen anywhere. Whether we are here or there, God can and will use us, His church, to impact the world around us. Imagine what could happen if believers everywhere began to focus all their time, effort, and energy on transforming society. We transform society by telling people about Jesus and by living our own lives like He did.
We can’t afford to not tell people about Jesus. We can’t afford to not live for and like Jesus. The people around us can’t afford it either.
Come soon Lord Jesus.