Since the terrorist shooting in San Bernadino, CA, I have read several articles and blog posts in reply to the New York Daily News front page headline “God isn’t fixing this!” I am sure that by now everybody has seen it.
Then they follow that up with another front page headline that says “Everything is AWESOME!” This is in response to everyone who had a problem with the first headline. It is, of course, in a mocking fashion. What else would you expect from those who do not have any hope apart from humanity itself? This is lunacy. Humanity has been and always will be evil.
God created the world to be “good.” It was created to be perfect without evil:
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)NLT
However, sin entered the world and broke this goodness:
“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:20-21) NLT
I’m sure, if you spend any time on Facebook, you will undoubtedly have seen the picture of the billboard that says “Cain killed Abel with a rock. It is a heart problem, not a gun problem” (if not, you can see it here). There is more truth to this statement then most people know.
Although I am a gun owner and I believe that responsible and reasonable gun control is needed, especially in today’s society, gun control will not solve the heart problem. People will always find a way to kill one another–that will never change. It has been that way since the beginning of time with the first recorded murder in the Bible between Cain and his brother Abel.
In the Newt Testament, King Herod murdered all of the innocent male children in Bethlehem who were two years old and younger:
“Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.” (Matthew 2:16) NLT
He did this because he felt that his claim to the throne was in danger because of the coming Messiah. He wanted to protect his throne from the coming king who would deliver His people from sin–Herod had a heart problem.
Jesus was born in answer to this heart problem and that is what Christmas is all about; the pure came into the impure:
“’Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’” (Luke 2:10-11) NLT
Jesus is God’s answer to the heart problem, and in the end GOD WILL FIX THIS and all things will become new:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’
And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.’” (Revelation 21:1-7) NLT
This is the true meaning of Christmas. The world will be as God had intended for it to be: perfect. The heart problem will be fixed and there will be no need for guns period. You can take that to the bank!