A couple of weeks after 9-11, I was in Nashville for a convention and on Sunday morning the guest speaker had a devotional. He said people often ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” He said God had been asked that and he answered it. He said you may not like the answer. Then he told the story in Judges of Gideon.
Judges 6:13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
So the speaker paraphrased God’s Word to say, “Go in your power and save your country.” He said we had been given power. What are we going to do with it? The rest of his message was about finding problems to solve. I’ve never forgotten it.
Am I using my God-given power to make a difference and help others?
Why are shootings happening now when they didn’t when I was in school in the 60s and 70s? Guys even had guns in gun racks in their pickups. I think the country has lost its sense of right and wrong because there is too much belief in moral relativity rather than a belief in God. Moral relativity teaches that whatever I think is right is right for me. That is flawed thinking and fosters survival of the fittest instead of loving your neighbor.
Use your power to save your country by being an example and bringing people to God through Jesus. That is the answer.