Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blacksburg II

Well, as I predicted yesterday the initial reports about he the shooter were incorrect. It appears that he was living in the US for about 15 years. He was from South Korea, not China! As with every horrific incident, the media finds some know-it-all that can find a reason to pound a drum for some reason or other. Meanwhile, the Blacksburg community and the entire US stand by trying to make sense of the senseless. If you watched the scenes from the service that took place last night; the familiar melody of "Amazing Grace" was hauntingly appropriate... you probably shed a tear. Maybe you heard one student say, "There is nothing to say, to do so would be dishonest." Profound... and hopefully the media will heed his advice.

At this point, I don't think there is a lot to to say. There are families and friends of the victims, as well as those who were witness to the incident, that are shattered emotionally by this atrocity. They need prayers, comfort, council, peace and Amazing Grace.

Who is at fault? It is always the same answer, the sin nature within all men. It is not pure evil, or simply mental illness. No, is what is in the heart spills forth, sometimes in thoughts and words, and other times as violent crime. The laws dictate what a crime is, but Jesus said if you even thought it, you are in sin. There is just no way out. Everyone has done it. The "good" or "better then" want to send the bad to Hell. Here where they are wrong. It is not about good and bad, or good and evil. We all have the same spiritual fate; death due to sin. You can change all the laws in the land, all the safety policies and procedures for every organization, but it will not eradicate the sin nature. Mankind will continue to sin until the end of the age. Period.

The good news, is the Good News, Jesus Christ died for all sinners, receiving the gift is all that is required. You can't earn it, you can't be good enough to achieve it. No, it is by faith regardless of what we have done. Thief or income tax cheater, one prone to fits of rage, or the blood of murder, you are the one that Jesus died for. Amazing Grace? I believe so.

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