“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted, because they are no more.” (Jeremiah 31:15). Yes, it has happened again. The 18th school mass shooting this year, this time in Parkland, Florida, where a lone gunman entered the premises and opened fire, killing 17 young students and staff. His heinous acts are already being dismissed and minimized by some as a result of psychiatric or psychological causation. His crimes were cold blooded, calculated, and as premeditated as the Manson murders that shocked our society in 1969. The question of the day is why? We are seeing first hand, the reality of sin in the human heart and the horrifying effects of the fall in the Garden of Eden.
The prophet Jeremiah knew the wickedness and deceit of the sinful human heart and asked the right question – “who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Well God does and only God can change the condition of the human heart. In the face of such horror, we are driven again and again to the cross and the resurrection of Christ, knowing that the reconciling power of God is the only adequate answer to such depraved and diabolical power (Hebrews 2:14-15). But what can we as a society expect when we have literally expelled God from classrooms and our society. We are now reaping the consequences: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17).
Is there still hope? Yes! But it must come from the church. Peter said, “Judgment must begin at the household of God” (1 Peter 4:17), but the solution also begins there. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). This is another wake up call to the church. It is time for the church to repent and start living like God called us to live. The church is God’s salt and light to a decaying world. As the light grows dimmer in the church, darkness envelops our society. Join us at New Melle Baptist Church in repentance and prayer.