Spiritual problems, spiritual solutions

The USA continues to be rocked by shootings, TulsaPhilly, and Chattanooga, and what is sadly a fairly normal weekend in Chicago. Pastor Wolfmueller spoke about mass shootings on Issues, Etc. and crystalized some wisdom about evil, grieving, humility. Pastor Wolfmueller points out that encountering evil in this world is a call for each of us to repent, recognising the things we have done and left undone.

While it is tempting to trust in our own righteousness—our ideas about fixing the problem of evil—the novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reminds us in The Gulag Archipelago that it’s not that simple: “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Mad Christians know that sin will not be done until the trumpet sounds and every knee bows to our returning Lord. 

Pastor Wolfmueller reminds listeners that we have a Savior who knows what it’s like to suffer violence and a Father who experienced the loss of a Son. A Christian life without suffering is not promised to us. So here is another call to pray. From personal repentance to lifting up those who are grieving, to petitioning our God for relief. Praying the Psalms, for peace, for justice and for His return.. Lord have mercy on us.

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