Micah 4:2-4 – He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This is a picture of a tee shirt that was shared by a friend on Facebook following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida this past week. It did not go without comment by another friend, which suggested a somewhat opposing view. I typically shy away from commenting on issues that can be socially or politically charged, especially on social media, because they generally do not change anyone’s mind and often result in merely fanning the flames. I also value the friendship of both. Nevertheless, here are my two cents worth.
I must confess that I am mostly sympathetic to the sentiment expressed on the tee shirt. God has been excluded from way too much until we need Him or want to blame Him. But I also find it a bit simplistic. After all, there have been shootings and bombings at churches, where God was allowed, or at least I hope He was (Revelation 3:20). But whether allowed or not, why can’t we legitimately question God for allowing any kind of tragedy or injustice to occur? Where is God when these kind of things happen? Why doesn’t He do something?
First, God is where He always has been. It is mankind that moved. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26). He placed us in a perfect environment where we had everything that we needed, a place where everything was good (Genesis 1:31) and there was no evil or injustice. But we chose a different direction and became separated from Him (Genesis 3:24). In the process, we abdicated the world we were given dominion over (Genesis 1:28) to the one we bowed down to (Luke 4:6). He was the author of the fall and is the root cause of all tragedies and injustice. Something that we allowed, not God.
Second, God did do something. He was not satisfied with this being the end of the matter, so He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins to end the separation (John 3:16). All at no cost to us. It is a gift freely offered to all of us, although it cost Him dearly. But like any gift we must accept it (John 1:12). Not all will accept, and tragedies and injustices will continue, and even get worse (Matthew 24:21) until Christ returns to reclaim His the Kingdom He gave us dominion over in the first place.
In the final analysis, guns are not the problem, their misuse for evil is merely a symptom of the fall. Sin is the real problem. Sin is the root cause of all evil, injustice and tragedy. Unfortunately, taking away all the guns will not take away the sin problem. Evil, injustices and tragedies will continue, even without the guns. Only God’s remedy, His Son, can cure the evil (John 14:6). And when He returns, the swords [guns] will be beaten into plowshares (Micah 4:3).
You see, clearing cobwebs will be a never-ending battle until you deal with the spider.