God Isn't Fixing This
This is the headline plastered on the front cover of the Daily News last week- "God Isn't Fixing This". The headline takes a shot at "Christian" politicians for responding to tragic gun violence with mere words, particularely "prayers", instead of action. On the surface, this is a social-political statement about gun control legislation, but the undertone and implications are far more complex, and even spiritual. If we can look past the shock value, dodge the verbal daggers, and peer into the angry eyes spewing them, we would find a deep well of valid issues surrounding the Christian faith; a desperate yearning for truth, and for God to be real.
What Do You Mean By That?
Blanket Statements like "God Isn't Fixing This" and "F- The Police" are loaded statements that mean much more than the 3, or 4 words used in expressing them. Often times no one inquires further. The same notion articulated with just a few additional words could potentially sound like this- "Hey, you're supposed to be the good guys, you proclaim a certain standard of truth, integrity, and respect; you wear the badge, you wear the collar, not us. Not only are you not living up to who you claim to be, but you're demonstrating totally contradictory values all together, and that's really confusing, frustrating, and frankly it really hurts." A person's jaded view on God isn't God's fault, it's our fault for misrepresenting who God is. Our, meaning Christians professing Christ. The church owes the world an explanation, and an apology for our lip service christianity, casual christianity, materialistic christianity, & apathetic christianity, myself included.
Effective Prayer, Ineffective Prayer, and politically/religously Correct Prayer
The Daily News described politicians call to prayer as meaningless platitudes. In the bible Jesus once said this in regards to prayer: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.… Only from a humble, sincere heart before God can effective prayers be produced. There are plenty of conditions that can result in ineffective prayers such as selfishness, bitterness, unforgiveness, and an unrepentent heart. The latter kind of prayers, aindeed are meaningless platitudes. Then there are politically correct prayers, or religously correct prayers which are basically just tradition. You know, just because it's the "right" thing to do or say. Often when tragedy strikes social media is flooded with #Pray posts, which is great, but if it doesn't translate from post to actual prayer, that's a problem.
Disclaimer: I don't read the Daily News, but I enjoy resorting to self- examination rather than self-preservation when someone calls me out on something. In other words... they can be totally wrong, and we can still learn something very valuable from their attack.
We Get The Message, Do You?
Okay, so the Daily News basically just rebuked the church like an old testament prophet. We get the message, our talk isn't lining up with our walk; but before you put too much pep in your step, let's remember the sword cuts both ways. Here is your lesson for the day Mr. Daily News: A lazy, fast food connoisar would be foolish to tell a physical trainer that their exercise regimen isn't working. It's like an athiest being angry with God for not existing. Wait, what? Exactly. If you proudly boast in your opposition to God, you automatically lose all rights to A.) Expect anything from God B.) Criticize God and or his people in a way that isn't with the intent to better understand, but is with the intent of attacking.
God Isn't Fixing This, He Already Finished it
The issue we face in America and around the globe is the outward manifestation of an inward problem. We do have a skin issue, because we have a sin issue. We do have a gun issue, because we have a God issue. This issue has already been addressed on the cross thousands of years ago when Jesus, the lamb of God, came to take away the sin of the world, reconciling man unto God through the forgiveness of sin. We live in a broken world, but Jesus came to give life, and life more abundantly. Say yes to Jesus, and learn for yourself the power that is in prayer, and the peace that comes from intimacy with God.