This week saw another horrible, senseless event: the murder of 11 innocent people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill community just outside of Pittsburg.
Therefore, to all those who have been affected by this horrendous act of evil, we “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
The killer said that he wanted to kill Jews because (according to some sources) he was blaming them for bringing in illegal immigrants to harm white gentiles. Honestly, it’s hard to know what is real and what is not in the media, but even if that is not what the man said, I wouldn’t be surprised if his real excuse wasn’t even more insane.
We are living in a world that has lost its mind – and I mean that quite literally. We see Romans 1:18-32 lived out before our eyes. People have seen the works of God, yet have willfully turned their backs on Him and hardened their hearts to his mercy and grace. Therefore, God has given them over to a “reprobate mind.”
To say that the world is “going crazy” is an understatement.
But as we read in the last part of James 3 and the first half of James 4:1, from where do all these murders come from? Why all the shootings and killings? Why the hate? Why the attacks? They come about because men and women have chosen to set themselves above God, to walk in their own wisdom, to be enemies of their Creator, and are now suffering the consequences of hearts unable to satisfy their own selfish, sensual longings.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:18 KJV
When we see things like men murdering innocent people in a church or synagogue, it’s not because God was incapable of stopping it or that He didn’t care. What we see are the consequences of false faith, of earthly wisdom, pushing its way to the surface.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. – James 3:15-17 KJV
In these times when men want to blow up each other and gun each other down in their places of worship, more restrictive laws and tougher regulations on firearms might make us feel better for a moment, but it won’t change our direction.
Washington wisdom is powerless to fix the problem. What we need most of all is wisdom “from above.”