We live in an ugly world. It is full of pain, hurt, and tragedy. So let’s take a few minutes and just be honest. We’re not going to blame-shift. We’re not going to try to come up with solutions. We’re just going to discuss the real issue here.
The enemy. The devil. Satan. Stupidhead. Whatever you want to call him.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”-John 10:10
Saturday night, 50 people were killed in a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. That is 50 families, 50 groups of friends, and 50 sets of coworkers who are hurting deeply for their loved ones. It’s unthinkable, unimaginable, unbelievable. My mind can’t grasp a hold of 50 people laying there, dead. It’s insane.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the actual news surrounding this tragedy, so let’s bypass that and get to the question that everyone wants an answer to:
That’s the question that always envelopes a tragedy and it’s valid. Before we get to the why, let’s look at the why not:
- This tragedy did not happen because Barack Obama is our president.
- This tragedy did not happen because of the sexual orientation of the victims.
- This tragedy did not happen because the shooter was Muslim or born to Afghani parents.
- This tragedy did not happen because of gun control issues.
So why did this tragedy occur? I have a simple answer for you:
Because we live in a world obsessed with sin.
Sin. That’s it. It’s sin. That’s why people do things like this. It’s just stupid, ugly, hell-bound sin. It’s the same sin that caused Adam & Eve to eat from the tree of life. It’s the same sin that caused Cain to kill Able. It’s the same sin that caused Moses to hit a rock instead of trust God. It’s the same sin that caused David to have an affair with Bathsheba. It’s the same sin that tempts every single one of us each and every day. That is the exact same sin that murdered 50 people Saturday night.
But thankfully, it’s the same sin of which Jesus cleansed Mary Magdelene. It’s the same sin that Jesus called out of the woman at the well. And it’s the same sin for which Jesus died on the cross.
The enemy in this tragedy is not the shooter. The enemy in this tragedy is not ISIS. The enemy in this tragedy is not Radical Islam. The enemy in this tragedy is not homosexuals. The enemy in this tragedy is not President Obama, or Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump.
The enemy is still the enemy.
He always has been. The devil is a liar. He will say anything to lead a person into sin. Like the scripture I referenced earlier in this post, he comes to KILL. Yesterday, he was successful. He got his way, once. But fear not, he will not win the war. In fact, he’s already lost.
No earthly “solution” is going to win this fight with the devil. Nothing. Not putting restrictions on Muslim immigrants. Not electing a new president. Not even defeating ISIS. That is not going to change sin or lessen the impact that the devil has on people. God, and God alone, can do that.
So can we just stop? Can we stop trying to blame anyone and everyone? Can we stop trying to come up with ridiculous reasons about why this happened? Instead, let’s fix our eyes on Christ.
Sin is sin and the devil is a liar. Those two truths are powerful. But what’s even more powerful is this:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”-John 10:10
Find hope in that. Jesus came; he conquered death and hell. Satan got his way, once, Saturday night. But victory? That belongs to God, forever.