“Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart — a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.” // Martin Luther King, Jr.
Romans 12:15 urges us to rejoice in times of rejoicing, and to mourn in times of mourning. We are heartbroken over the loss of so many lives in recent days, weeks, and months. Between corrupt politicians, many injustices, and so much death we are seeing that the days are indeed evil. Ephesians 5:16 affirms this but we are also given a command: make the most of every opportunity.
Another great quote by MLK Jr. tells us how we can do just that: “We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.”
This is our purpose, friends — spreading the good news. Recent headlines prove that the heart is desperately wicked and beyond cure on our own. Many devastated people are asking why? They are seeking answers for peace and so some point to gun control, activism, and other human means to remedy our broken world. If you are in Christ, we hold the answer! We have a hope within us that we should be ready to share. We have a Savior that bridges the gap between us and God! He is the healer of hurts and the embodiment of love. Oh, let us mourn. As the church body we should cry alongside the world – for lives were wrongly taken – but let this spur us on to greater love.
We have promises of a day with no more tears or pain. Let our light shine and our love pour down on men, women, and children of every color. The greatest way we can show love is to point others to the Gospel, to Love Himself.
Written by Dianne Jago, founder of Deeply Rooted Magazine.
“Made this yesterday, not even dreaming of what
could’ve happened last night.
My Father is constant and faithful. He will never change, no matter what the circumstances. I weep for this broken world, a world that desperately needs Jesus. he is mourning with us. he is the same, yesterday and today and forever.”