Another shocking tragedy
Yesterday the news was dominated by yet another tragedy. A military man at Ft. Hood, Texas, apparently upset that he was going to be deployed to the Middle East, fired upon men and women, killing 13 and injuring 31. Although Muslim, the man was born in Maryland–he purportedly shouted “Allah is good” before firing upon his fellow soldiers.
I have heard that just as church attendance has waned, people have likewise given up on reading the Bible, calling it irrelevant and too hard to understand. My question is this: where do you go, then, if you don’t have church or the Bible, for support during times such as these?
In John 1:43-51 Jesus continues to gather His disciples. In verse 47 Jesus says of Nathanael, Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false. What a great statement. If there is nothing false within you, it means you have no phony facade, you have no disingenuous nature–you are truth and you speak truth.
How does one incorporate so many falsehoods into his being and his mind, that he could commit such a horrendous act as this man in Ft. Hood? And, even further, how do we protect ourselves from assimilating these similar attributes into our beings?
Again, I say our strength and our shield comes from the Word of God. If we immerse ourselves in God’s word, if we keep His word within our hearts, then how can we possibly have falsehoods within our hearts as well? Proverbs 4: 23 says Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Guard your hearts, fellow Christians, that you may be kept safe from falsehoods in the days ahead.
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