Mass Shootings and the Love of Christ
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NIV) This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
What happened in Texas this past Sunday was horrific, unimaginable. Another mass shooting; this time at a little country church. In one brief morning half of one entire church family was murdered in the very place they came to worship their Lord. This event will likely be on the minds of millions of believers as they go to their churches to worship this coming Sunday. As I’ve watched the news I’ve been amazed at the people in that tiny little church and town. Person after person stood in front of the camera and told of Christ’s offer of forgiveness and the love of the members of this small town church.
First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs does not appear to be a well-resourced church. It doesn’t seem they have all the bells and whistles of the popular churches in bigger towns and cities; just a simple little fellowship of people who desire to worship and honor Jesus. I imagine that anyone who visited that church was shown the love of Christ in clear ways. The interviews on the news give testimony of this over and over again. It seems that what our enemy meant for evil is being used to shine God’s love already.
I might not be the pastor of the most popular church in my town. We have however been blessed with some resources including a nice facility with attractive youth and children’s buildings. I hope more than anything though that when people come to visit my church they experience the love of Christ in our people. This is, in part, why he saved us. We are meant to shine his light on those around us.
Today’s passage tells us that we are stewards of the mysteries of God. We share with others the love and grace he has given to us. This is one way we show the world what our God is like.
1 John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us.