I have wondered if I even need to give a response, as, really, who am I? I am a small dot on this earth’s surface, one single person in the midst of billions of people.
I also am a father, a husband, an employee and a member of the Christian community, just to name a few.
I am an ambassador for Christ, so, how can I not have a response to something so tragic?
The following is my response, it comes from my heart. Please read it in it’s entirety, prior to any comments.
To truly follow Christ, one must see that He died for ALL sin, that ALL sin is the same, hated by God. No one’s sin is worse than another persons sin, the end payment for all sin is exactly the same, death. ( For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23), this, in and of itself, let’s us know that one sin is not worse than another, they are all bad and there is only one payment accepted.
So, what then shall we do, with those who live in any kind of sin?
Do we hate them, because they are living in sin? By all means, I surely hope NOT. I would hope that we would take a cue from Jesus own life, His own actions and learn to love people, ALL people!
Jesus ate and sat and laughed with sinners of all types, however,
something we should understand is this, not once did He condone their sin or become like them. He ate with them, loved them and spoke truth to them, letting them know their sin was wrong. He didn’t sugarcoat their sin to make it seem as if it were not that bad, He also didn’t hold back from sharing the truth of Himself with them. He let them know they needed to repent and offered them Himself.
So, how do we deal with this and any other tragedy against humanity?
We love, we earnestly seek to find ways to share the Gospel, (The Good News), with them, otherwise, we are condemning them to hell. Sharing the Gospel is the most loving thing a person can do for another, as it is letting them know that there is hope, there is a God who loves them and He sent His Son to die for them, to cleanse their sins, just as He did for me. That His grace is sufficient to cleanse us completely.
I am convinced that all other aid to a person, not coupled with Grace and the Gospel, is in vein. (For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26).
In response to this tragedy, I would hope the Christian community would see that 50 people lost their lives, possibly, lost their very souls to hell. What are we to do about this? We should be in prayer, asking for forgiveness, that we, as a collective unit, didn’t do more to reach them, to love them and to share the good news with them. Then, we should gather around their friends, their family and begin to minister love to them. We should have empathy, compassion and love for them, not condemnation. Let God convict the spirit, let us love the person.
So, to you who are hurting, my prayer is that when I meet you, I will have empathy to understand and compassion to love, but also, enough love to share the only person that will truly comfort you, His name is Jesus.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.