I’m not here to argue with you. And I’m not here to change your mind. Well, maybe I am.
I can’t even begin to express my disgust over the massacre in Las Vegas. I can’t even.
I believe in the power of prayer. I absolutely do. I think you should pray, and often. Also, you should take action. Often.
God doesn’t usually call for people to sit around and do nothing in the wake of violence and tragedy. Yes pray. But also, do things. Maybe you’ll have to do something scary, maybe you won’t. But the church has been silent for too long. It’s time to start acting.
This violence should disgust you.
59 people will never go home to their families.
Because of one man.
King Xerxes was going to kill all of the Jews in his empire. He was so going to do it, because of one man who hated them. Esther, the Queen, and also a Jew, risked her life to save them. One man tried to destroy a people. One woman stopped him.
“But someone will say ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” James 2:18
“Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it” Ezra 10:4
Prayer without action? I don’t think that’s a thing.
Christians are called to action.
We aren’t called to just pray and see what happens. IF the church is the body of Christ, then what is it doing?
It should be reaching for the phone. To call a representative. To call for action regarding weapons legislation, because it clearly isn’t working, and a revamp of how we treat mental health in this country. It should be giving blood. It should be offering counsel to the victims. It should say we don’t want to only pray for you, how can we help you right now? Do you need someone to do your laundry? How about dinner, we’ll bring you some. Need some wine? It’s ok, Jesus drank it too. To be a Christian, to be like Christ, is to act. Jesus didn’t pray all the time. He acted. He preached. He helped people.
I’ve seen more social media posts OURAGED over some football players kneeling during the national anthem, than I have people outraged about 59 people MURDERED.
Americans are being murdered in their own backyard.
Where is your patriotism now?
Keep praying. Start acting.
WWJD? Well, he probably wouldn’t be sitting on his couch watching Netflix when there are people who need him.
Till next time,