Friday, December 14, 2012

What the heck is going on?

The title of this blog was taken from a question Neil Cavuto on Fox news posed earlier today in reference to the horrific murders of children and adults at a Newton, Conn. elementary school earlier today.

Cavuto, like many of us are asking the same question. Different answers have been given ranging from mental illness of the shooter to the erosion of social and religious mores of the general populace. It is quite evident the shooting was carefully planned. He had multiple weapons and knew how to get into the school without any problem. It appears He chose his victims, including his mother who was a teacher at the school. He might be "mentally ill" in one respect (who does such a thing?) but he was rational in his approach in carrying out his plan.

I think the real answer lies in the fact that the vast majority of people in this country simply don't have a Biblical foundation to live their lives. It hasn't been taught in the family and certainly not in the public schools since the early 1960s. Most folks, it seems, do not have a solid foundation on which they build their lives.  That foundation starts with an understanding that God is real and that man is a depraved sinner (read Romans chapters 1 and 2) and is in need of  new birth (John 3:16) and that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah is the necessary first step to a changed life.

Now just because someone professes to be a Christian doesn't mean a person is immune from unspeakable acts such as what we witnessed today. However, I submit to you that a real born-again believer is far less likely to commit such an abomination. God infuses us as believers with His Holy Spirit and we begin to change.  The rapidity of that change happens in direct correlation to how much we want to cooperate with with God cleaning us up from the inside out.

 Reading from God's word to us, The Holy Bible, is a critical step in the daily transformation process. In it we learn about righteousness-- how God gave us His own righteousness in exchange for our filth and sins and how we are to walk in that righteousness daily. We also see what the fruit of righteousness can bring. What we saw in Connecticut is the antithesis of righteousness.

In my personal Advent readings this week, the prophet Isaiah in chapter 32 verses 17-18 gives us a promise of what righteousness will bring. It reads:

"The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings and in quiet resting places." (Isaiah 32:17-18 NKJV)
Jesus is our Peace. Jesus is our Resting Place, our Strong Tower, our Shield and everything we need.
All of us will die someday (unless the Rapture occurs first and the church is translated off this planet). The children and adults at that elementary school died much sooner they intended. It is very likely that none of them got up this morning and thought they would be dead in a few short hours at the hand of a nut case.  Yet the hairs of their head were numbered just as their days on the earth.  It is the same for each of us and the question is:
Do you know where you will spend eternity be if you died today?
If you don't, it is because you don't know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The place you would spend eternity, then, would be Hell. The remedy is to confess that you are a sinner for the Bible says "all have sinned and fall short of God's glory" (Romans 3:23). Jesus is the remedy for sin which is basically our failure to live up to God's standard. Jesus is that standard and he gives us His righteousness by faith when we accept Him into our hearts. You don't need to have a special ceremony or belong to a particular church or organization.  It is a covenant between you and God Almighty. You repent and ask for forgiveness and He delivers and will lead you into a new life. If you do that and then die, you spend the rest of your existence in Heaven.
As we head into the home stretch of Advent and celebrate the coming of Jesus  as a child on Christmas, invite the real Prince of Peace into your heart. Know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you are one of God's very own and that if you die tonight that you will be with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
God bless and pray for the families of the victims.