How to survive the bad deeds of others
Thanks for the editorial about the Martin’s Supermarket tragedy in your March 30, 2014 issue. How true, that “normalcy and chaos intersect quickly and without warning. The best we can do is live the best lives we can.”
How do we accomplish that? All our technological and educational advancements have done nothing to increase our peace of mind or improve the way we treat each other. We can try to do good, but how do we survive the effects of those who don’t?
Jesus predicted that pandemonium will reign as his second coming draws near,both in geophysical events and human relations. In fact, just before the Last Supper, he told his disciples, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)
Then Jesus walked purposefully into the culmination of his earthly ministry. At the Last Supper, he announced that his blood would achieve the forgiveness of sins for any who would accept it. (Matt. 26:28) Because of God’s character being holy and just, he demands punishment for sin. The punishment for sin is death, eternal separation from God in hell. (Rom. 6:23) Here is the beauty of Good Friday and Easter: “at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom. 5:6)
We all need a Savior! If we agree with God about our sin, and that his son Jesus died to make us right with God, he will hold us through whatever this world brings, and forever in heaven. Jesus promised, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)