Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 41 people were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
4 deaths and many life changing injuries. We hear the politicians and clergy of all backgrounds and faiths say that this wasn’t about religion and faith. But that is exactly what it was all about.
One persons faith, however extreme caused him to embark on a course of events that will haunt so many. Like the November 11 attacks this colours the memory of all those affected.
In time the public will forget, politicians will herald the acts of bravery and the clergy will say this was just one person.The collective view is that we need to heal!
Here is a simple but profound truth: for those directly affected by yesterday nothing will heal the injury done. There is no way of undoing the violence, no way of bring back the lives.
So today I was asked where was God?
It is really strange that when violent acts occur people think this is evidence that there is no God.
That conclusion is far from true. The Bible describes specific issues that affect all of us today as being a sign of troubled times, critical times, the “last Days”. 2 Timothy 3: 1-5.
When Jesus spoke of the last days he also included reference to this troubled period and government officials not knowing how to deal with the situation. With religious leaders just telling people what they thought they wanted hear. Matthew 24; Mark 10; Luke 21 provide those accounts in detail.
What conclusion can we draw?
As the Son of God told us to expect these things it should provide evidence that this is what we should expect. Why? 1 John 5: 19 We know we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one.
This links to our prayer for “God’s Kingdom to Come” and his will to take place on earth. When we say this prayer we acknowledge that at this time God’s Kingdom is not here on earth.
Therefore someone else is ruling over humankind.
So we return to the point sadly we have to accept that bad things happened to random people, good people and children, innocents! The absolute truism remains that Time and Unforeseen Events happen to all of us.
What made that individual drive through a crowded pavement yesterday, why those 3 people were killed can only be put down to the wrong place and the wrong time.
Don’t let fear and ignorance cripple but get to know what the bible really says and you’ll be amazed at the hope we share.