May God’s peace, love and mercy, be with the families and friends of First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX. In this time of tragedy and sadness, may the prayers of the saints rise to heaven, and may the Lord hear our cries and heal our land.
People are looking for answers and reasons. Who in their right mind would have the indecency to murder innocent children and adults, especially during worship. Why do things like this happen in our society, even in small communities?
In our confusion, sadness, and anger, we might ask, “Where is God in this?” but another question might be, “What is it with human beings?” Is humankind so potentially depraved that it would drive a human being to murder Christian worshipers in cold-blood?
When a person is estranged from God, one is also estranged from God’s love; and when one is estranged from God’s love, it leaves room for hate, sin and evil to enter in. This is why there is such potential for evil. We call this depravity.
The murderer, Mr. Devin Patrick Kelley, was far from having any reverence for God’s holiness and love for his fellow human beings. He was a hardcore proponent of atheism, and Antifa globalist propaganda (left-wing, anti-fascists who hate Christian conservatism).
The Apostle Paul speaks of human depravity in Ephesians 2:1-3,
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
We, as depraved human beings, have the potential to do much evil in this world, especially with all our passions and desires that drive us toward sinful behavior. Add in factors of mental illness, Antifa ideology, and perhaps add in chemical dependency, a person can get very confused.
When we are spiritually weak, we need God desperately. Perhaps the fear of God really is the beginning of wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10).
In our search for answers, I hope that we as a society and as individuals, seek peace, truth, and reconciliation with God, with humanity, and with ourselves.