Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35
It’s easy to get discouraged when tragedies like the shooting rampage that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada last week occur. It’s times like these that our world seems to be spiraling dangerously out of control. And with good reason. Fifty-nine dead. Over five hundred injured. Statistics like these invoke images of a nation in chaos. Yet despite all the calls for more laws and more gun control (for this post, I take no position for or against either), the real culprit here, just as it is for every other selfish and senseless taking of life, is not a person, but a condition. One deeply rooted in the human heart and passed down from generation to generation since the time of Adam. Although rarely referenced as a contributing factor to these horrific incidents by the culture or the media, you will no doubt recognize it by its more common usage: Sin.
Fortunately, as with everything else, God has an answer to both the sin problem and the hopelessness problem. Each can be mitigated by putting our faith in His son, Jesus. But don’t take my word for it. Allow me to complete this stanza from one of the world’s great hymns penned by famed Baptist minister, Edward Mote.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in ev’ry high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
Even in—no, especially in—our darkest hours, Jesus is there to offer salvation and comfort in the face of intense national and personal tragedy. To those who died in Him in Las Vegas, and to those who mourn their loss, He already has.