When I think about Jesus’ time in earth, He used some very interesting tools:
Hammer – there were several occasions where He drove home a point with the religious crowd to accentuate the contrast between their hyprocrisy & His reconciliation agenda
Saw – Jesus cut through lots of red tape, tradition & religiosity to express the Father’s genuine affection for humanity.
WD40 – there’s nothing like a little shot of grease or anointing to smooth things out & demonstrate the supernatural!
Conversation – in my opinion, I think this was Jesus’ most used tool. It is through His discussions, teaching, spontaneous q&a sessions & dialogues that He continues to train His followers even to this day!
Let’s remember that tools are resources, but Jesus is the answer, solution & provision!
It is very disturbing to read the unfolding news about the mass shooting yesterday in Orlando. A muslim security guard, armed with a semi-automatic machine gun, entered a gay bar in Orlando and began shooting. He was confronted by an off-duty police officer and manuevered into the bathroom where he maintained a stand-off for three hours while the Orlando police and emergency services worked to protect and rescue victims from the carnage and violence. Of course this story is continuing to unfold in the news and I have no doubt more information will come to light over time.
In the political world, various leaders are advocating better gun control laws, some leaders are rallying support for the LGBT community and many leaders are blaming the immigration struggles with which the US is wrestling.
As a follower of Jesus, it is my sincere prayer that my community rallies around the words of Jesus more than the world of hate. There are some people who would try to explain that because this was an attack on a gay bar, God is expressing His judgement and wrath on the homosexual community. There are other folk who would seek to ostracize muslims because of this violent atrocity.
Seems to me that when Jesus was hanging on the cross, He didn’t ask the Father to get revenge on these wicked, violent and undeserving sinners. He asked the Father to forgive the people who violently beat, condemned and hung Him on a cross – the most innocent and pure human to ever grace the human race. May our words and actions be overflowing with the grace and love that have been so richly lavished on us. Let us freely give what we have so abundantly received. We need the Holy Spirit to work into our thoughts and actions the redeeming life of Christ.
Yesterday our country saw another violent atrocity happen whose victims were mostly small little children. As I’ve learned about the events over the last 24 hours, I find myself beyond sad, angry, frustrated, shocked and incredibly disturbed. Over the next several weeks, we’ll learn about the families of various victims & the shooter. We’ll hear clamorous demands for gun control and politicians expressing sorrow and sympathy. Some of us will try to understand what causes a person to do such unthinkable violence and we will all have this sick and empty pit in our guts as we learn how this tragedy unfolded.
If there is anything good that come out of this atrocity, let’s decided that whenever we hear or discuss news related to the events from Friday, December 14th, we will pray – be that a short prayer, an intense prayer, a long prayer, or just a simple prayer. Let’s pray for the families of the victims, the children at the elementary school, the family of the shooter, the school’s teachers and administrators, . . . . Let’s allow these horrific events to make us more prayerful and spiritual people.