6 For it stands in Scripture:
t“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
uand whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
w“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”1
x“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, yas they were destined to do.
9 But you are za chosen race, aa royal bpriest hood, ca holy nation, da people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you eout of darkness into fhis marvelous light. 10 gOnce you were not a people, but now you are God’speople; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you has sojourners and exiles ito abstain from the passions of the flesh, jwhich wage war against your soul. 12 kKeep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, lthey may see your good deeds and glorify God on mthe day of visitation.
1 Peter 2 : 6-12
We all know the world has shown some very dark actions over the last few decades… Really, since the day of 9/11 the violence throughout the world may seem even more common than ever. Specifically, the violence of mass shootings may be one of the hardest evils to comprehend. Although I cannot provide a profound insight to the harsh behaviors of men that have stolen lives via gunfire, I do know the answer is Jesus. More people in line with God’s Word and in love with the Son will surely be the path to less violence in the world.
With that said, I’d like to touch on the subject of the Florida high school shooting and the now recent information about the deputy or multiple law enforcement that may have been near the incident when it occurred. As I have talked with a number of veterans and policemen, I have heard many stories of the thoughts and feelings that are at play during situations of mass turmoil and imminent death. Not only do these stories resonate the pain and emotions of watching a death or deaths occur first hand, but also the intense decision making that occurs.
Again, my point here is for us to look to Jesus Christ for our hope and future, but i could not help this week to this about this…. What were the media or journalists thinking when they decided to publish the story of the officers present on site in Florida? Yes, there are facts for every story, those of which I am sure none of us can really be sure of as we were not there, however as more details are released and I hear the opinions of people on “what they would’ve done” in that situation… I can ‘t help but to wonder how these stories have affected the lives of those involved. I am no detective, and definitely would not be considered a reliable source on media publications or news, but think about it. If it was you? In the school, in the classroom, at a bus stop outside the building, wherever…. we can all armchair quarterback each and every move like we have for everything else we give our opinions on, or we can bring it back to Jesus and just ask for His help, His comfort for the lost and fallen, His path for vengeance even?
It is verses such as these in 1 Peter where I am taken back to the need of our Great and Merciful God. It is very hard for humans to “let go” of the real and constant desire for hatred and revenge of evil is it not?
But you are za chosen race, aa royal bpriesthood, ca holy nation, da people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you eout of darkness into fhis marvelous light. 10 gOnce you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
What did God think of Saul before He named him Paul? What did He think of David as he killed for Bathsheba? What does He think of me when he watches my sins over and over and over?
Man, is it too real or what? If it was me out there would I have the right actions and the right thoughts to save lives against an automatic weapon held in the arms of a crazed man? Damn I hope so and even more I pray I never have to endure a test that would challenge the thought. Yet every day there are soldiers, policemen, students, moms, dads, firefighters, businessmen, kids, preachers, all going out into the world each day praying they will live it the right way.
So incredible that lives can be destroyed via gunfire and via news stories as well? A few brief sentences someone speaks of you and your life is forever turned for the worse?
If it was you?
Father, we ask you to not only rescue our county but rescue our enemies the like. Rescue our minds and thoughts and hearts and rescue our actions into your Kingdom and your way. Protect the protectors Lord and guide us all to be your royal priests. Deliver into us your Spirit and overcome us with your mercy and grace. Help us God to lay aside our judgments and anger and do things to be peacemakers.