As you know on July 20, 2012 James Holmes killed 12 people in a theater in Aurora, Colorado and injured many others. From our view point James Holmes is an evil man, and he is, but does that mean the rest of us aren’t evil?
From God’s view point, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer. 17:9. And Romans 3:12 says, “All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
James Holmes is a murderer, but Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” Matt 5:21-22.
We may not have physically killed someone, but from God’s view point if we have hated anyone we’re a murderer at heart. If you’ve hated several people, then you’ve committed a massacre in your heart. From God’s view point we’re no different from James Holmes.
From man’s view point it seems like God doesn’t care about protecting the lives of those people in that theater, but think about it, what happens to a society when you kick God out of schools, teach that we all came from monkeys, evolved by random chance over millions of years, tear down crosses and the Ten Commandments, compromise the Word of God, ban prayer in schools, glorify violence and pornography, and rise up idols of your own making? You get a movie massacre.
I can assure you, God does care and God is love. How can I say that after such a horrible tragedy? Cause the Bible tells me so. Its man that is evil. We’re the ones to blame. We’re the ones who have decided to turn from the one true God and worship our false idols.
It’s man who doesn’t care. It’s man who doesn’t love. God is good and He’s merciful, but He’s also just. And His judgments are always righteous.
Yet Jesus died for the worse of sinners. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21.
Jesus was treated like a sinner though He never sinned, not even once. He died at the hands of murderers. He died for people who declared their self-righteousness when they had no righteousness at all.
Jesus died the death we all deserved to die, but in His great mercy and amazing grace, He bore our sin, He took our punishment, He suffered on our behalf so that we could be set free.
There is no greater love than the love of Jesus Christ. This tragedy is another reminder for us to turn from sin and place our trust in Jesus Christ. He alone can save us.
If you want to change our society no man made solution will work. The solution is always the same; we must go and make disciples by preaching the Gospel.
This tragedy is also a reminder for the church to be the church. Sitting in our pew, focused on fellowship, electing the right person to office, or even fighting for a good cause isn’t going to save one soul.
Until the church takes a stand for the authority of God’s Word, and actively shares the Gospel with people who are lost, why should we expect this society to get any better?
“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.
It’s the Gospel that this evil world needs. Why? Because God taught us in Romans 1:16 that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. And that includes those who murder people outwardly as well as those who murder people in their heart.
Does the love of Christ so captivate your heart that you will love and pray for your enemies? Does it humble you before a just and holy God? Does it cause you to worship the one true God? Does it cause you to go to an unbeliever and tell them about the Gospel of God’s amazing grace?
There was a time in my life where I could care less about others and care less about God, even His love. But then God opened my eyes. Someone shared the good news with me. I saw my deceitful, wicked, sinful, evil heart and humbled myself before the Lord. I cried out for mercy and He saved me. He forgave even me.
Those who share the Gospel and those who are Christians aren’t perfect, but we do serve a perfect Savior. If I were without sin, if my heart wasn’t evil, I wouldn’t need Jesus.
Jesus is so good, He rescued an evil man like me, He made me His child, He gave me a new heart, a pure one, and then He put His robe of righteousness around me and said, “You’re free!”
Think about it. Love, Pastor Doug