Think It Not Strange

22 07 2012
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We Mourn, We Pray and

We Remember: Colorado

My Dear-One became outraged today over the tragic events of the senseless shootings and deaths in Colorado. His anger was huge and directed at the multi-billion-dollar gun lobby that controls our Congress (left/right and center); making it easy for a disturbed individual to buy sophisticated, automatic weaponry.

His anger burned hot for the terrible loss of human life: Women and children; men and boys. His anger was for the shattered wounded. His anger was for what he felt as his own personal helplessness in the face of such a vile and evil act that is occurring much too often in the land that he has loved and defended from his youth as a United States Marine Corporal of the Reconnaissance Division-Korea.

Listening patiently, and in total agreement with his outrage, I began to think of the Lord Jesus: You see, He was born into a corrupt society dominated by the Roman Empire and a jaded, and  compromised Mosaic culture .

In fact, prior to Jesus’ arrival, there had been no other human government that rivaled Rome and it’s mass organization, military might and totalitarian colonization of the ‘then’ known world; with the exception of Egypt’s Pharaonic rule; which paled in comparison to the Roman Empire.

Jesus’ three and half-year ministry punctuated the apex of Romes’ world domination. Our Lords’ twelve disciples were angry and wanted Jesus to take over Rome; end their domination and put Israel back into its’ rightful  power. In fact, we see Judas Iscariot begin to emotionally withdraw from Jesus, because He won’t overthrow Roman government in Judea (for starters); then finally, he decides to simply turn Jesus over to the High Priests for thirty  pieces of silver; since it is clear that a major civil war was not in the Jesus’ plans.

Murder, bribes, injustice, immorality, the cheapening of human life and cruelty were so common place; few rose up to challenge the status quo. All this happened in the presence of our Lord and Savior. What did He want us to know and what shall we do about these things:

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.                        I Peter4:12-13

The Prophet Isaiah [53:3] described the Lord Jesus approximately four hundred years before He was born in Bethlehem as  “…A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…”

Many people today in our nation are hurting over this great tragedy in Colorado. Many people are angry and want to “DO” something and you can:  Please look to the Lord Jesus, our Comforter, our Strength; our cool water in a dry and weary land. Only He can give you:  “… the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

In 2 Chronicles 12:15, the Prophet of that day answers the people with the word of God  after a horrific and merciless battle with many dead and wounded; upon hearing of more warriors approaching, saying: 15 …Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

In closing, we join our prayers for peace and comfort with those who mourn and we turn our face to the One who hears and heals. Tennessee Lighthouse Ministries invites you to listen to the anointed voice of our Sister in Christ    singing The Battle Is Not Your…It’s the Lord’s Be Blessed!  Ms. Yolanda Adams

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