Monday, December 7, 2015

God Isn't Fixing This!

The New York Daily News front page recently ran a headline which read “God Isn’t Fixing This!” in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting episode. The headline was prompted by the prayers of public figures for those killed and harmed and affected by the shooting. The headline was a call for more gun controls as the only way to fix the mess that our country faces with terrorism and mass shootings. But implicit in the headline was that prayers were a waste of effort in the San Bernardino case because God is not going to fix anything in response to our cries for help and comfort.
I am in favor of better gun controls that closes loop-holes, but I also hold a biblical world view. The Daily News headline felt arrogant like people (and even believers) have the right and ability to draw conclusions about the actions and intents of our Lord. We view the spiritual world through a glass darkly. We only see a fraction, if at all. We should not complain about God’s lack of actions and draw pessimistic conclusions he will not be fixing much of anything. The only clear word about God’s intent and promise comes through Scripture.

The issue is really a heart matter.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Why not look forward to a headline that says: God Can Heal Our Land!

Robert Parlante

December 2015

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