Psalm 27:1 (NLT)
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
Protecting me from danger. Sutherland Springs. So many folks are blogging about what good prayer did. Nice. Compassionate. Let’s politicize it as quickly as we can into a gun control debate. Or better yet, let’s turn it into a debate about white privilege as the “professor” at Drexel has done – screaming for free speech while demanding curbs on free speech. It’s the way of the world and it ain’t purty.
It is evil and evil exists. Evil exists in many forms. Whether it’s Sutherland Springs, Daesh, abortion, Sandy Hook, wherever. What do we do with evil?
We can only defeat evil with a different response, one of faith and love – “I would submit this to everyone — my families here and you guys there — whatever life brings to you, lean on the lord rather than your own understanding,” Frank Pomeroy (who has been the pastor at First Baptist Church for 15 year) said. “I don’t understand, but I know my God does.”* This is a man. A man who just lost his 14 year old daughter and most of his congregation. This is a man in deep pain. This is a man the world would like to ridicule, mock and politicize.
We don’t know God’s ways or whys, but we do know that no matter what happens, he is our fortress. We don’t know how this makes sense, but we do know that in eternity is doesn’t matter. What we know and believe is that there is evil and there is a better way.
2 Peter 3:9New Living Translation (NLT)
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
Hebrews 12:2New Living Translation (NLT)
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Instead of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.