Hey Christian! Please stop talking about gun-control, just for a second, and think.
At least fourteen people were shot in San Bernardino, Ca. and Terrorism has not been ruled out.
“Ha! So much for strict gun control laws! or “I thought California was a liberal state!”
then I just have one request. I beg you: Please don’t talk to anyone! don’t update your status on Facebook. Don’t talk to anyone at work. I don’t care what you have to do, whether it’s take a cold shower, turn off your internet, go on vacation, or whatever it is, please don’t say a word.
14 people just died, and if they didn’t know Christ they are suffering divine judgment in hell.
Do you realize that? Do you believe that? Sometimes I wonder whether Christians truly believe in hell. It’s so important to train our minds to think eternally!
I understand the frustration. So many liberals are so extreme, they will jump on the chance to blame guns for this issue, yet again. The president will probably use this opportunity to preach his anti-gun sermon again. But we must resist the temptation; we must be patient. Our first thought when someone dies should not be, “Wow, I wish this life would be a little better,” or “Wow, I wish people that disagree with me would have views that aligned more with my worldview.” Rather, our thoughts should be with the fact that so many people, who were minding their own business, just got shot, stood before the Judge of all the earth, and are literally in heaven or hell as you read this.
And I get it: not everything we do in this life can have eternal consequences. When I eat a cheeseburger, brush my teeth, do well at my job, or sleep, I’m probably not making an eternal impact. But I can do all those things to the glory of God. Yet I doubt posting sarcastic statements about Democrats on Facebook 30 minutes after a massacre is glorifying to your King. There is a time and place to talk about politics. But I think it’s clear from scripture that God is most glorified when we think eternally. When we stop making such a big deal of this life and start thinking more about heaven. We must resist the temptation to return evil with evil.
Yesterday’s headline on the New York Daily News was God isn’t fixing this. They jumped on the opportunity to bash Republican leaders, with one of the most incendiary and anti-God newspaper covers I’ve ever seen. What are we going to do as Christians? Respond with sarcasm about gun control? That’s setting our sights too low. It’s looking at the transient things which are seen instead of the unseen things which are eternal (2 Cor 4:18). Perhaps God wants us all to wake up and start realizing that we aren’t guaranteed safety in this life — we aren’t guaranteed a government that makes wise decisions. Perhaps God wants our first thought when we hear about people dying to not be, “Man, I wish Democrats weren’t so stupid!” but rather, “Fourteen people have passed into in eternity today; I’d better make sure I know the Lord, and I’d better share the Gospel with anyone and everyone, because we all could literally die at any moment.
Jesus, when talking about the people massacred by Pilate, didn’t start first thing with arguments for or against sword control. He didn’t even question Rome’s ability to kill whomever they wanted whenever they wanted. His reaction was to tell the people around Him that they needed to repent or else they too would perish.
We must remember in times like these that the problem in man’s hearts is ultimately the problem of sin. You can try to take guns away from the bad guys, or give them to the good guys, but ultimately whether you live to 50 or 70, or whether your children grow up afraid to walk to the store or not, they all must repent of their sin in order to be saved from the greatest terror of all: hell.