The events that unfolded in Udalde, Texas yesterday were horrific and hard to push out of mind in order to focus on work and the daily tasks that still have to get done today. 19 children dead. Two teachers dead. This is the recent update. No doubt that Democrats will push hard for gun legislation while Republicans will rely on the age-old: “All that gun laws are going to do is take guns out of the hands of those who actually abide by the law. Those who want the guns will get the guns and do whatever they want.”
Sigh. I am so weary.
But let’s go deeper. While it is the work of politicians to discuss, debate, and decide on legislation that will hopefully result in the common good, the real and deeper issue is theological. Jeremiah wrote: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” This is true of the heart and person without Christ. Sin is the cause of all individual and social evils, and for this reason, humanity’s only hope is Jesus Christ, His salvation offered through his death and resurrection, and His power that can transform any darkness into light. For starters, the events of yesterday along with Buffalo, etc., should drive us to our knees and cause Christians to realize that people need the Lord and the church has been assigned with this task.
For the second time in a few days, I can only pray: God have mercy. God have mercy.