God is Love – A response to the church shooting in Sutherland Texas
In all things, I know that God is love.
Although terrible things happen in this world, it is my opinion that God is not responsible for anything that causes pain to a human being, whether they are believers in Christ or not. Because of Jesus, we have God’s grace, mercy, and love and not his anger. He loves every one of us.
1 Timothy 2:2-6 (KJV)…..”that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
The shooting in Sutherland Texas is currently a much-debated topic, and although others might not agree with me, I don’t feel that God is responsible for such a horrific circumstance. The incident in my opinion and that of a small minority is that the shooting was due to our fallen natures and the departing of our faith and love in God. Satan is the God of this world now, and with him in charge, horrible things will happen and continue to happen until we return to God, or this cycle of the earth’s life ends.
I would like to share a letter from a respected minister who discusses the issue in more detail. Andrew Wommack, the president of Charis Bible College.
us free (John 8:32). Most Christians love themselves too much to take a stand and run the possible rejection that might come their way. That’s self-love, not the love that Jesus modeled for us.
There will be many proposals and adjustments that come as a result of this tragedy but the only cure is for us who believe to once again become the salt and light God called us to be.
I encourage you to talk to your family, friends and co-workers about the Lord. That person next to you might be the very person Satan is trying to turn into the next mass murderer. And take a stand on social issues by getting involved in our political processes. There are many ways to do that but every one of us needs to renew our efforts.
I join my prayers with you for the wounded and the families of those who lost love ones. I also pray for all who have been traumatized by this and are living in fear of what might come next. The perfect love we have received in Jesus casts out our fear (1 John 4:18) and I pray the Lord will give us new opportunities to share that love and faith with those who are struggling.
Together, we can turn this nation back to God. Certainly we can’t do it without God but He can’t do it without us (Ephesians 3:20). I know He is willing and I pray all of us are willing to take a stand for truth and against ungodliness. Let’s do it.