It seems our world is out of control. More terrorist attacks in London, North Korea's ill treatment of one of our citizens which caused his death, and now--the shooting of one of our own congressmen by a deranged left wing political extremist.
The level of hatred between political parties is at an all time high. We have gone way past the point of civil discourse and normal debate of political ideas. The passions of some people in our country are so out of control that they are resorting to violence. Instead of fighting REAL enemies we are now fighting with ourselves. There are days like this when I feel like we are just one step away from another all-out civil war.
There are three observations I want to make here. First, this hatred--this vitriolic animosity is a frightening "Sign of the Times". Jesus said that in the last days there would be intense hatred in the hearts of people on earth (Matt. 24:10). Paul wrote to Timothy that "in the last days perilous times would come, and that men would be without natural affection, and FIERCE" (I Tim. 3:1-3). Yes, we are certainly living in the last days, and the coming of Christ cannot be far away.
Second, I am reminded of the Biblical injunction to "pray for kings, and all who are in authority over us" (I Tim. 2:1-2). Oh how we need to pray for the protection of our President, our elected congressmen, law enforcement personnel, and all who serve us in this nation. The lesson we learn here is just how vulnerable our elected leaders are, and how much they need our prayers for their safety. We may not all agree with our President, but we cannot pick up high powered rifles and start shooting members of the opposite political party.
Third, I am reminded that God is a God of love, not hate. Christianity is to be characterized by love. Jesus proclaimed: "By this shall all men know you are my disciples, if you have LOVE one to another" (John 13:35). This awful out of control spirit of hatred is not of God, but from Satan. It is evil. It is the same spirit that caused Cain to kill his own brother, Abel. You can tell the secular anti-Christian culture is having an impact on our society today by witnessing the rise in hatred and violence. Those who reject the love of Christ resort to a life filled with bitterness and animosity.
Now is a good time for Christians in our land to demonstrate the love of Jesus, to pray for their leaders, and to denounce the actions of those who espouse politically motivated violence.