Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thoughts on Virginia Tech

The following contains excerpts from an article sent to me by Max Shunk. I'm not sure who wrote the article, just that it was made available through The Christian Business Men's Committee. The excerpts will be in quotations.

How do we stop the Virginia Tech shootings from happening again?

"The gospel must be preached and lived before a broken, confused and searching world. The only solution to the VT tragedy is the submission of men to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Gun control is not the answer. Rich Americans are not the problem. Sin in the hearts of men causes us to turn from God and do evil. Evil at the extreme is alliance with God’s enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. The only solution is for the power of sin to be broken in a man’s life, that power is the gospel of Jesus Christ as Paul states in Romans 1.16."

We must spread the gospel message. If everything good comes from God, than we can only assume that people do bad things as a result of a week relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ, or a lack of a relationship at all. If we want the violence to stop in this world, we must bring people to an understanding of who Jesus is and what He did for us.

"The church must return to its first love and to its first work of making true disciples, which are obedient adherents of the commands of Jesus Christ. We must repent from our carnal ways and begin anew to take up our cross daily to follow Jesus Christ."

The command to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations is commonly called "The Great Commission." It was the last thing that Jesus instructed before he ascended into heaven. Our purpose on this earth is to bring glory to God. One of the many ways we can do so is to bring more souls to him.

"Let us make every effort to avoiding [another] Virginia Tech occurrence by pursuing God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and then pursue the salvation of all men with the best part of our time, talent and treasure."

The bottom line is this; the more souls that are won over for Christ, the less of a chance of Virginia Tech happening again. When things like this happen, it serves as a grave reminder that we need to constantly be thinking about our witness. You never know what might happen next.

Questions? Comments?