A couple of years ago, I went to a church where-if they did anything right-it was allowing members of the congregation to give testimony. I gave a few. But, as with everything else, there are exceptions to the rule.
There was a woman who would get up in front of the church, week after week, and she would give testimony. Now, I’m a firm believer that the Holy Spirit gives gifts as He sees fit. Some have the gift of tongues. Some have the gift of prophecy. Others healing. So on and so forth.
But this woman was an all together different animal.
It was sort of expected that she would get up, stand beside the podium and say this: God gave me a vision. Imagine hearing that for over a year. And it got to a point where her “visions” really had a sameness quality. Eventually, I tuned her out. The last person that I know of that God gave this many visions to was the Apostle John when he was exiled on the island of Patmos. It was at this point that I came across a scripture out of Ezekiel 13:
They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?
I say that to say this: in the coming days and weeks, (whether private or public) people will say of the Charleston church shooting, “God has a plan (or reason) for everything.”
God does have a plan and a reason for everything He does or allows. Why? I don’t know. I’m not God. And I’m not going to offer some fleshy, half hearted excuse that doesn’t console a person’s soul. Could the shooter have been racist? Absolutely! Could he have been a Satanist? Its a possibility.
But all of these are folly until we know the man’s motive. The only consolation we have in this life, and the families of that church have is Hebrews 4:15:
For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one that has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.
And John 16:33…
For I have told you these things that you may find peace in me. In this life, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
Jesus Christ was dipped into the depravity of man kind to experience what we experience. He was hungry, tired, weary-He felt anger! Whether you’re a family or friend of the victims in Charleston, He knows how you feel all too well. Or, if you’re like me, and are saddened for the ones that this heinous crime was perpetrated on, He knows how you feel, too.
I will say this, though. That shooter deserves the death penalty.
Athiests will look on and say, “where is your God? Why does He allow this?”
I don’t know why He does. But as He knew all nine victims before they were born, He was right there to welcome them into Heaven with open arms.
Don’t argue with an atheist. If you want to offer up anything, offer up a prayer.