In life, many of us face “GIANTS” that will instill fear into our hearts, minds, and souls making us captive to its presence and/or authority over us. These giants that we face against daily could come in all sizes, shape, and form. These giants we fear does not have to be huge or massive. For example, we might be giants to a little mouse, bee, or spider, but when some of us come across or spot these creatures we shiver, quake, or freeze in our footsteps with fear. Other giants some might face are wealth, health, pride, and image. Yet, what about giants like bacteria, viruses, or cancer that can cause illness, disability, or death. Whatever giants we face in life, many of them can be overcome with knowledge, strength and modern medicine. However, I believe that for all, the biggest giants in life that cannot be overcome by knowledge, strength, or modern medicine are SIN, DEATH, and the Devil..
Sin, death, and the devil are the three giants that no one since the fall of humanity has been able to overcome except Christ Jesus Himself. That is why in the season of Lent and Easter, it is important for the Church of God to continue to proclaim and hear the Good News of Christ, who overcame sin, death, and the devil as he gave his life for the world on the cross and was raised back to life. Christ defeated sin, death, and the devil once and for all. That all who hear and believe might be save by the grace of God through faith. Even though we continue to face the biggest giants in life, we also know and believe in faith that in Christ no giant can overcome us. Because in Christ there is forgiveness of sin and eternal life in him.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
No matter who we are and no matter where we live, the possibilities of death caused by terror can happen at the most unfortunate times, in any place, and at any time. Those who perpetrate these evil and immoral acts of terror, it seems as though their purpose is to cast fear into the imaginations and emotions of all people. Many have questioned and searched for answers as to "why" or "how" can someone or some group do such evil like this? Or, what can make someone do such evil and heinous crimes? Whatever the possibilities may be, finger pointing and judging others for their actions based on critical events in that person's life will not lead us to the culprit. The truth is that sin causes all to do what is evil.
Therefore, because of sin and evil that lies within all people, everyone in this world has the possibility of committing such hienous acts. Sin has always been a part of our human nature after "The Fall" (Genesis 3). Metaphorically speaking, "In a sense, everyone is like a walking time bomb ready to explode on ourselves and/or onto others on all levels, if sin is left unchecked." Sin exists within everyone of us and can lead anyone down a path that is a danger to ourselves and/or those around us. Even to the possibility of mass murder, just like the recent shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
Since the fall of humanity, sin and evil has always hidden itself in the darkness and the darkened hearts of men. The root cause and the common denominator to all evil is sin. Satan and the forces of evil have deceived many to believe that sin is not the issue, and that goodness and evil lies within one subjectively. Many people believe this false truth that goodness or evil is a matter of natural knowledge, and that everyone has the natural ability of knowing what is good or evil without the Word of God revealing it to us. And because we ought to know what is good or evil, we should be able to subjectively determine whether the things we do is good or evil. For one, these evil acts can be seen as evil, but to the perpetrators and may be to others, it may seen as if what they did was a correct and good thing to do for the better of the world by getting rid of people who are the problem. Again, this false notion of natural knowledge to act and know the difference between good and evil is determined subjectively, and no one has the right to tell us what we can or cannot do, because who are we that we get to determine what is good and evil for others?
While this way of thinking might hold some truth, it is not the truth. The truth is, the Word of God reveals to us what is good and what is evil, and also that we cannot escape this sinful nature within us when we are being tempted by evil and the devil. Otherwise, why would one think about locking their doors, depositing their money at a bank, needing police protection, or having an emergency number to call in case of a tragic event? I believe because we all know that there is an uncertainty of our sinful nature that can cause anyone to do evil at anytime, we put up our guards to protect us and our possessions for assurance. Saint Paul states in Romans 7: 14-25,
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Yes, "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" God forgives the world of its sin through Christ. Sin, death, and the devil, which has can longer reign over us, but the grace of God in Christ Jesus rules and reigns over us. Your sins are forgiven, and my sins are forgiven. The life we live now we live in Christ and the life that we die to, we die to in Christ; in order that we may glorify God (Philippians 1:21 & Galatians 2:20). We shall no longer taste the sting of death, but be raised like Christ who too has risen and live eternally just like him.
So, instead of trying to piece together the puzzle as to why, how, or what may have caused this man to murder so many innocent people, we ought to pray and ask God to forgive and give peace to all the people who were inflicted by this evil act. Lives may be torn and broken from sin, but through prayer and forgiveness in Christ, healing begins there. We as God's people and His Church can pray for all people, all our enemies, and for all in authority (Matthew 5:54 & 1 Timothy 2:2).
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Our Mission Statement as being God's church follows the command according to Matthew 28:19- 20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." What does that mean for us? How do we apply this in our lives? Who is commanded to do this?