Whenever there is a major crime of shocking proportions, like this most recent murder of the TV reporter and her cameraman in Virginia, many run to ascribing blame to guns, the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment or all three. I’m not wishing to provide a political statement on this issue, but I do think if we limit ourselves to just a political perspective, we miss really addressing the real problem.
It’s sin. Sin is a bad thing. A very bad thing. It’s worse than guns, knives, gas chambers or any other form of killing you can imagine. Jesus didn’t come to save us from the issue of guns or to remove all implements of physical pain or suffering. He came to address the bigger problem of sin.
The angel who told Joseph about the pregnancy of his betrothed told him, “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin” – Matthew 1:21 NKJV (emphasis mine).
I know this seems overly simple, but we can’t lose track of the fact that murder is a blatant example of sin, which when left unchecked is able to create great disaster, pain and suffering. Sin is an instrument of Satan and it is nothing to take lightly. Putting the blame of this murder on guns and refusing to address the real issue is a ploy Satan would just love.
Sin is a bad thing.
That is why we need to constantly share His message to our world. We need to look for ways to minister (serve) each other. We need to be right in front serving those who are hurting, hungry and homeless. We need to put practical feet on our service and be “Doers of the Word” as James tells us, but we also need to share how Jesus is the answer for the sin of the world.
And we need to teach the Word. It has a way of helping keep sin in check.
Check out Psalm 119:9-11
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh let me not wander from Your Commandments. Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.
I know it sounds too simple, just preach Jesus and His Word. I know it’s convenient to blame politics, guns (or the lack of guns), his parents, public schools, violent movies and/or a host of other perceived ills for this murder. But the blame rests squarely on sin.
We live in a fallen world in a time where sin is tolerated and excused. But before you get too far into the political debate, take a moment and pray. Ask God where if there an area of your life that needs some attention. Don’t let sin lurk quietly underneath and fester to a point where it explodes.
Sin is a bad thing and it’s time we take it seriously.
Blessings My Friend