Saturday, 20 April 2013

Boston: What we learn from tragedy

The bombings in Boston remind us that just believing passionately in something doesn't make it right. We don't yet know who carried out these bombings or why but somebody or a group of people obviously thought it was the right thing to do.  
As we've been working through the book of Revelation in our sermon series I've been struck again by the way mankind is prone to being led astray and to being intoxicated with things that are not just bad for us but plain wrong [Rev 17:2; 18:3]. We are prone to delusion.  We worship the wrong things. 

It calls for regular self-examination in the light of the what God has said. The other thing that I've been reminded of was Jesus' word about the tower that fell on a bunch of people and killed them.  He pointed out that those who were killed were no more deserving of death than the rest of us; it was not God's punishment for any particular wrong. [Luke 13:1-5] 
However, things like this should make us all think about our forwarding address when this life is over. It should drive us all to making our peace with God through repentance and faith in Jesus.

- Bruce Dingwall

1 comment:

  1. As I watched the footage of this tragedy mostly taken on mobile phones it seemed, I was struck by how many time I heard people say "O God, O God".

    Maybe I'm wrong but I don't take this as blasphemous. Instead what I hear is humanity at its most vulnerable crying out to a higher authority. One whom may ignore or deny for most of the time until tragedy strikes. Those other causes we can become so passionate about disappear quickly and are replaced by a desperate plea for someone far greater to intervene when all else falls away.