Responding to Texas
How do we respond to the events in Texas that happened on Sunday?
If you are like me, you came home from church and received the shocking news of the suffering that other Christians experienced that day during worship. Tragic. Evil is always horrifying, especially when it hits close to home.
We prayed on Sunday according to The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. How real suddenly this day becomes. I urge all of us at ECC: be on our knees for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world...and in Texas.
I had planned to write up a whole response to this tragic event. But I will not add more words when there are already well-written responses. I invite you to read the responses of two different Christian thinkers toward this event:
Tragedy in Texas: Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil, by Albert Mohler
Why Church Shootings Don't Intimidate the Church, by Russell Moore.
These thoughtful reflections are worth your time. But there is one more thoughtful reflection that we must heed, and it is from Paul (Rom 8:35-39):
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribultaion, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, 'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.