Saturday, March 24, 2018
Today was the big rally day, led by high school young people of Parkland, Florida, and students across America and the world. Eight hundred marches, worldwide. Thousands gathering, stirred to rage by school murders that won't stop.
The sounds more shrill and threatening. Congress, legislators, and politicians everywhere were warned. Progressive groups funded the travel and the marches. What will come of it?
How should Christians respond to the murder by guns crisis? My mind turned to Jesus, coming out of his remote mountain home in Galilee, picking up recruits from the seashore one by one, inviting them to follow. They became twelve, and "left their nets" and their lives, and walked with Him, and watched Him, and learned from Him for three years.
The question grew in their hearts: Who was He? Finally they knew. He had been sent from God. And yet, He was only one. And they were only twelve. And in the end, they were afraid, and fled. And this one lone man, their friend and Lord, was taken, unjustly condemned, and crucified.
He still was only one. And lawless hands were able to kill Him, defeat him, and take Him from the tiny movement He had started. The "powers that be" killed Him, buried Him, ended Him, they thought FORVER.
But of course, history knows it was He Who defeated them. For He rose, alive, and the movement began to spread over the world.
The fact is, He still lives. He still leads. And He gave mighty spiritual power to those who returned to His side, and gave their own lives following Him.
He had taught them something different for confronting evil and overtaking the world. He taught them Peace - "that passes understanding." Love, that couldn't be resisted. That changed hearts and relationship. He taught loving your enemies. He taught forgiveness. He taught laying down your life as the way of winning.
Is His way not still possible? Doesn't His Way still work? Couldn't that be our contribution in this critical time in the world's life?
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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