We Kick God Out and Wonder Where He Went

July 20, 2012

The more I hear about the situation, the angrier I get.

What would cause a 24 year old man to go into a crowded movie theater showing the “Dark Knight Rises” and kill as many people as he could?

How could anyone be that evil?

How could anyone shoot randomly, killing among others, a six year old little girl?

A twitter friend said this today:  “This coverage of the shootings is devastating. It’s hard to turn it off, you just keep waiting for them to say why.”  (@SamBradley)

I agree with Sam.  Things are a lot easier to accept if there is a reason.  We want to know “WHY?”

There have been a lot of “WHYS” asked the past several years.  I think of Columbine.  Besides the shooting in Denver, I also heard TODAY about another tragedy.   50 Christians were burned alive in their pastor’s home in Nigeria by “Muslim extremists.”           (See: http://global.christianpost.com/news/fifty-christians-burned-alive-in-pastors-home-in-nigeria-78303/ )   Why?

Is it a coincidence that we are moving farther and farther from God as a nation and world?  President Obama even announced that we are no longer a Christian nation.

Perhaps the trend started in 1962 when the courts told us that we could no longer have prayer in schools.  I’m not sure when it started.  All I know is that when we remove Christ’s influence on a situation, we remove any good that existed.

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad that when tragic events happen, people ask, “Where is God?”  They forget that we asked Him to leave.  Don’t pray in schools.  Don’t pray in public in Jesus’ name.  (We might offend someone.)  Don’t talk about God with others.  They might be a different faith.  We have to be sensitive to their beliefs.  Don’t teach Creationism in our schools.  “Evolution is the only thing that makes sense.”  BULL!  How’s all that working for ya?

Rick Warren recently said, “When we tell kids that they are animals, why are we surprised when they act like it?”

The only “Why” that I can come up with is that a world without Christ is totally depraved.  This world will never make sense without Christ.  If we continue to throw Him out every chance we get, we will continue seeing things like we saw this morning from Denver.   If we continue the trend to give “Muhammad” and other gods equal billing, the downward slide will continue.

I fully expect that the trend will continue.  God’s Word says that things will get worse as the end draws near.  It also says that Christ will come back as unexpectedly as a “thief in the night.”

Jesus will return and all of the madness will end.  Until then, we have to hold onto Him when we don’t know “WHY?”

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14 Responses to “We Kick God Out and Wonder Where He Went”

  1. Inersphobia said

    Except violence has been on the decline for a long time. And Christianity has been on the decline, too. So, there goes that argument.

    • eddiepoole said

      Actually, the Bible says that people will begin to fall away so you’re making my point. Violence against Christians is also rampant in Muslim countries.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Don said

    I’d like to borrow some of Paul Baloche’s lyrics as my comment:

    I cling to the cross and everything it means
    I know it’s the only hope there is for saving me
    For without Your great mercy
    I would be forever lost
    With a thankful heart I come
    And cling to the cross

  3. Planting Potatoes said

    You have spoken what I feel…..thanks!

  4. Lynne said

    My thoughts exactly. And conservative “Christians” aren’t helping. (don’t get me wrong. . . I am one!) However, there are so many people trying to legislate morality without giving anyone a reason to be moral (Jesus). It breaks my heart. I told someone just this week. So what if I convince a sinner to quit sinning! If he doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the man is still going to hell.

    The world is on a downhill spiral because people don’t think they need Jesus. Why don’t people want Jesus? I think a lot of it has to do with those who claim to be following Him. I don’t want to offer what Boenhoffer called “cheap grace,” but I think if that man who shot up a movie theater had a few more people who knew Christ show him love, he’d have been a lot less likely (less desperate) to do such a horrendous thing.

    • eddiepoole said

      That’s true Lynne. I agree. The term “Christian” has almost become synonymous with the term “American.” They aren’t the same thing. I’m started using “Christ-Follower” more because so many seem to do more harm than good when reaching out.

      I believe we should “Say what we mean. Mean what we say, but DON’T SAY IT MEAN!”

      It’s about relationships and that should make a difference in our lives AND help those around us to see Jesus more clearly.

  5. As things get darker, the light becomes more pronounced. I’m believing that the message of Chris will become clearer and clearer to our generation and that many will follow. Thanks for the post!

  6. jymhitte said

    Great post Eddie. The Lord said that deep darkness would cover the earth in the last days, but His light would arise in us who know Him, and we would be strong and do great exploits for the King! It’s past time to arise from slumber and put on the light of Christ righteousness!. Blessings. jh

    • eddiepoole said

      It is time for those who belong to Him to be light in the darkness. It seems like we like to slip into the “Grey” lately, but God calls us to light. One of the first things that he did in Eden was separate the darkness from the light. It should be evident and not so blurry. Thanks for the comments!

  7. Darcy LMz said

    Sorry you got hate mail over this article. Its evident we live in a long fallen world just by watching the news. The evil walk among us and us among them… Many times side by side completely unaware of each others inner nature. To ask or try to understand ‘Why’ is a trap of the mind. As if understanding why could change any of it. There is no making sense of it. Evil is a tragedy by its nature. As Christians, we must deepen our walk with Christ to provide whatever support we can when we can and leave the why of it all to Gods Plan.

    • eddiepoole said

      Thanks Darcy. I know that if EVERYONE is always agreeing with us, we probably aren’t doing anything.

      You’re right! We have to deepen our walk and grow closer to Him as this world seems to be drifting farther from Him without even knowing it. I appreciate you reading and your comments.

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