Mass shootings. Violent sexual assault.
Outbreak of disease.
Little boys deciding they want to be little girls and little girls deciding they want to be little boys.
Mothers and Fathers deciding they don't want the child that they created together.
It would seem as though we are living in a time where everyone is confused. Everyone is crying out.
Everyone, demanding justice but receiving none.
Most not even sure what justice would look like.
It would seem as though we are living in a time of chaos.
Possibly a time when more people are hurting than ever before.
Individuals are still enslaved - if not through trafficking, by their own desires.
Genocide is still a daily practice - under our very own noses, inside of the wombs of Americans every day.
And we glorify it. Saying that it is our right.
Our culture says the traditional family unit isn't necessary.
That sex is something we should have whenever we want it.
That our identity is found in our sexual desires.
That religion is about who goes to hell and who doesn't - or that it is just something we made up to give us some reassurance about death.
And it is causing chaos.
And the craziest part about it all...
I have hope.
Because, stars shine brightest in the darkest places.
And as believers, we are called to be stars. We are called to shine bright in the darkness.
There is no better time then now to speak truth in love.
Because we are desperate for it.
We are desperate for an answer.
Desperate for justice.
Desperate for a solution.
And the truth is, we've already been given one.
Our answer to why the world is the way it is and where it is we can find our hope, can be found in one place and one place only:
God's Word. (The Bible).
It tells us is that we live in a broken and fallen world, separated from a perfect union with our good and loving God. Where people are free to choose to conduct themselves as they wish - whether they choose to live by the desires of their flesh harming themselves and others, or by the desires of our God, walking humbly by faith and in love.
It tells us that despite our brokenness and the struggles we will face in this world, we can have hope in Jesus. Who came and died for our imperfections and will return again to save and restore His people and the world as it was intended to be.
And it tells us that He wants to restore as many of God's children as He can. Which is why we must tell of His story now more than ever, as much as we can, to whomever we can.
So that no one can say that they have not heard the good news of the gospel.
So that when we meet Jesus we can say, I told everyone I could about you.
So that this chaos we are living in, will not be purposeless.
So that the voices of the evil, the fearful, and the desperate will be silenced by the voice of hope, love, and of reason.
My heart goes out to all who have suffered from any of the tragedies that have taken place recently. My prayer is that you are comforted by a God who also knows great suffering, who mourns with those who mourn, and who knows a peace that surpasses all of our human understandings.
I pray families and friends, that you know that your loved ones were not killed because of their sexuality, but instead because the shooter had been won over by the power of evil and desperation.
I pray Muslims, that you not be ostracized or discriminated against because this man identified with your religion, but that we would all come to know the God who died on a cross for all of us - Jew, Gentile, Muslim, Buddhist, and Atheist.
I pray that you know you are not a bad parent, but that accidents happen and that your sweet baby boy is now forever resting joyfully in the loving arms of a good and eternal father.
And I pray victim, that your justice not be found in a skewed courtroom. But that you find justice in knowing that we were created by a loving and just God and that no wrongdoing goes unseen. I pray that you would see your mistakes and receive grace and learn from them, and that you would also see his mistakes and seek forgiveness in order to ultimately heal.
I pray all these things in Jesus name,