THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: WHY AREN’T THEY ASKING PREACHERS AND PASTORS ABOUT ALL THESE MASS SHOOTINGS? They go straight to politicians…who, while some are good and have a good heart, are not enmeshed in the sometimes very sad and tragic condition of the human heart. The Word of God gives us the only reliable insight into the working of man’s heart. This is the world that Pastors live in. We deal with people at their worst, facing crisis, dealing with tragedy and trying to grapple with the complexities of life. People who are experiencing loss and have no idea how to cope, others dealing with real evil, betrayal, rejection and offense beyond the norm that we all deal with. The preacher is a student of the Word of God and the Bible has the answer for all the why’s of the human condition. And, when their are no answers, sometimes that’s the answer, and some things have to just be left to God. One day we’ll understand, it will all make sense, it may not now and we have to accept that. There was a time in our country when the voice of the preacher was sought. Billy Graham was asked by then President George W. Bush to speak at the memorial service just after 9-11. The country was shaken, reeling and traumatized. 9-11 affected all of us and the voice of God that spoke through Billy Graham was a calming influence that helped our country cope and go on. I have to think that President Bush didn’t just do that for the country, but for himself. He personally wanted to hear what Billy Graham would say as a source for himself to try and make sense of it all. There was a time when presidents sought such a voice. Billy Graham has been referred to as the nations Pastor, but also the Pastor of Presidents. Unfortunately this is the stuff of a bygone era. No longer is that voice sought in the way that it once was. That doesn’t mean that it can no longer be heard. As believers we should all be very grateful that we have access to that voice today. Here in El Paso we are still shaken from the events of last Saturday where 22 souls went into eternity as a result of a mass shooting. People, I think, are wanting to hear a voice other than the politicians and pundits. That voice is speaking loud and clear. Make it a point to be in church this Sunday, bring someone and listen. NOT ONLY, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR FACING CRISIS OR INEXPLICABLE EVIL ERUPTS. [Hebrews 4:12] “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Mmm, WHY AREN’T THEY ASKING PASTORS AND PREACHERS ABOUT ALL THE MASS SHOOTINGS?
– Pastor Stephens