From the end of last year up until now, our country has been riddled with various tragic events. Tragic events like the one that took place in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Events like what took place recently, where two young girls were sexually assaulted and the culprits displayed and bragged about the assaults on social media. Also, we have a nation threatening war against our nation for some kind of personal gain. Just recently, we had the terrorist acts that happened in Boston, where three people were killed and over a hundred people were severely injured. I believe that all of these things tragic events, without a doubt are signs that, loudly express to us one thing; man’s need for Christ in their lives. All of these events should be looked at as cries for help, from people who are frustrated and confused by the difficulties of life. Who are also “blinded by the god of this world” and are deceived into believing that they need to carry out these truly dreadful actions (2Cor. 4:4). These events should motivate us (the Church) to take action, because we know that it is during these trying times God’s word is most effective. It is effective because God’s word provides the thing that man needs the most; the “hope” of heaven.
The Bible teaches us that the “hope” we have in heaven is the “anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19). The Bible also teaches that our hope is dependent upon our faith (Heb. 11:1). Thus, teaching us that our belief in God and our desire to obtain heaven are the primary reasons why our are souls are anchored, in faithful obedience to God. These reasons keep us from, even thinking about, committing the egregious acts seen over the past several months. So therefore, we who are blessed with hope know firsthand the impact that the hope of heaven can have on a person’s life. Thus, we should be motivated to do all that we can, to spread that hope through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
These awful events of tragedy should be a sign to us that now is the time to start being more evangelistic. The Bible teaches us through many stories that God does his best work during times of distress (Judges, Ruth, Job, all the Gospels and Acts). There are so many people right now in this country who are hurting, because they were directly or indirectly impacted by these events. Families across this country who have witnessed these events on television are also scared for themselves and their families. People are looking for the hope and security only God can give. Therefore, we need to what Christ said in John 4:35 and “lift up our eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest”. The time is now for us who are blessed with hope to spread that hope to the world.