Three items I have read really caught my attention in the aftermath of the Boston terrorist attacks.
I. Social Media. This was a horrible story. Modern social media makes it very easy to spread false, damaging, and/or malicious “information” very, very quickly. We can safely assume the following verse also means “slow to tweet, share, etc.”
Christians need to really be careful with social media. We need to love the truth, and loving the truth doesn’t just mean we don’t intentionally lie. It means we intentionally try to make sure we don’t accidentally spread someone else’s lies, too. You do NOT want to repeat a lie which increases the sorrow of someone who is already in great distress.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
II. Death Penalty. It is easy for academics and politicians to lecture people about compassion and try to claim moral superiority. But when you get close to the victims, and the devastation and grief that great evil can bring, you start to understand why God said the ultimate human penalty is necessary.
Compassion needs to start with the victims. Judicial “compassion” is gratifying to judges and lawmakers, but it is compassion at the expense of others (the victims). That is no compassion at all, it is merely injustice.
If more politicians and judges would actually spend time with the families and friends of murder victims, and see the immense suffering it brings, perhaps we wouldn’t see killers back on the streets in little more than a decade. But most murder victims are from poor and powerless families….
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
III. Peace. Sometimes, even when there is a fire-fight going on outside, God gives unexpected peace. “It felt like God was wrapping his arms around us, covering us. That peace was otherworldly.”
Flashback. I know what he means. I felt no fear when assaulted some years back, though one man held me down and bashed my head into the street while another kicked me in the back. The peace God gave can only be described thus:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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