Columbine. 9-11. Aurora theater. Newtown, CT. Boston Marathon, Charleston, SC. These and other tragedies may have us asking what my grandfather often did, “What’s this world coming to, anyway?” After one of the more recent events, a friend sincerely asked what ‘the answer’ is – Police officers in every school? Arming teachers? Better gun control? Securing the national borders?
My answer, which follows, was not a political one, but purely a Scriptural one. Intuitively, I think that deep down, we know that more or less guns, security agents, metal detectors, etc, are not the ultimate answer. At the end of the day, what we’re longing for is a sense of absolute safety – protection from death. But, none of these things offer such security – nothing can. Even if we could ‘secure’ the schools, what about the malls, and the restaurants, and the movie theaters, and the churches, and, and, and?? In our fallen world, the only real security is freedom from the fear of death – not freedom from death itself. Such peace can only be found in knowing that our eternal destiny is secured through faith in Christ.
We have no guarantees that these types of events won’t happen to us; but, we can be absolutely prepared to leave this world for the next because of the safety and eternal security only God can give. –Dave
“Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” Psalm 61:4