Pastor Aaron’s Blog – Student Ministry Pastor

Posted by on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Blog
Lately, there has been plenty of bad news.  Shark attacks off the North Carolina coast.  Terrorist attacks in the name of Allah, killing countless innocent people.  A man filled with racism, evil and hatred taking the lives of precious worshippers in South Carolina.  I read a story a few days ago from BBC detailing the life of sweet Miriam, whom the Boko Haram terrorist group kidnapped.  Miriam was able to later escape after enduring many hardships.  “God will avenge me” were her words, carrying the baby of one of the terrorists in her belly.  The list goes on and on.
This news is disheartening.  It stirs inside of me.  Where is the justice?  What am I supposed to do?
I turn to the Scriptures to find hope…
“…here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Jesus said we would have “trials and sorrows,” both individually and in the world as a whole.  In Matthew 24, Jesus goes to greater lengths to tell of the sorrows to come in this life.  However, he makes a promise – “I have overcome the world.”
Good news!  Christ has overcome all of the mess of this world.  Heartache, hatred, fear, and even death.  While we may endure hardship now, it cannot keep us from the Heavenly Father.  “…nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)  That is Good News for Miriam, the Charleston victims and families, and for me and you.  It is Good News for the whole world!  I won’t lie – I wish the pain would stop.  I wish everything would get better now.  But I hold to the promise of the Good News.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)
We are called to share this Gospel message.  We are called to stand up for the innocent, helpless and hurting.  And for all the injustice, hatred, murder, and suffering?  I say as Miriam did – ultimately, “God will avenge…”
Aaron

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