I was looking around on Facebook the other day and came across a post from an old friend that raised some very hard questions for me. I’ve been thinking about the things he said ever since I read it.
He was writing in reference to the tragic shooting that took place in Tuscon, Arizona last week and the nine year old girl who was killed there.
Here is what he said in his post…
“i wonder where jesus was this weekend when that poor little 9 year old girl was shot and killed at random…… I wonder how the christians explain that one…… oh i bet they say” evil is in the world and god has a plan for everybody and that was her time”…. i say that’s a sad fu–ing excuse… it’s because psycho’s like that asshole get their hands on guns…
My outrage is just that when something like this happens,, christians say ” gods will”… and it amazes me because others will post ” jesus answered our prayers.. sam’s ingrown toenail is healed”… but jesus didn’t stop that asshole from killing those poor people…”
He raises some very strong questions that I think are a indictment against us as believers.
I believe that if we are to be true ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven, we are going to have to address and deal with the perceptions that these questions are symptoms of.
How do we answer the question of “Where is Jesus when bad stuff happens?” How do we change the perception of the world that the Church of the Most High God has been reduced to a faceless, voiceless, powerless group of people who meet on Sunday to get their “shout” on and only have enough knowledge and revelation of the character and heart of God to say things like:
“This world is not heaven and sin is bad. That little girl is in heaven where no more sin exist.”
“I think Jesus was sitting beside that little 9 year old girl.”
When will we realize that this world will never believe what we have not experienced? If we have not experienced and are not experiencing the power of Almighty God in our lives, in our homes, and on our jobs, how can we ever present Him to a world who needs to see real power more than anything else?
You can dismiss my friend’s comments as “just the rantings of a raging liberal,” or you can take time to look a little deeper into the fact that we are not accurately representing the God of Heaven on this earth. We are not “going into all nations and preaching the Gospel and making disciples.” Instead, we are trying to take something that someone told us (but we’ve never experienced) and make it real to a world that is crying out for something real. It’s like we’re in a boat and the whole world is drowning around us and the only thing we keep throwing them is a spaghetti noodle to hold on to. All it does it fall apart when it hits the churning water of their storm. Can we please throw them a real rope???
“Father, help me today to be your witness to a dying world. Help me to show them the real you. Help me to live the life of someone who knows you and knows your power in his life. Help me to be an ambassador of your Kingdom here in this land where they don’t know or understand you or your ways. “