What would God say to us?
To the Editor:
In last Friday’s Herald, I read with interest the thoughts of several Sanford residents concerning the increase in violent crimes here and what should be done about it. The following Sunday, a local pastor’s wife told me her story of a thief who broke into her car and stole some items from it while it was parked at the Carbonton Road entrance of Kiwanis Park (be warned). My conversation with her later caused me to wonder what would be God’s thoughts on the subject of crime and evil behavior; what would he suggest we, as Christians, think and do about it?
Would God make a general political statement to us such as, “Remember what I said in my word about sowing and reaping? You are now seeing the fruit of the ACLU’s relentless attack on faith, family and values. Their socialist agenda is moving your nation toward a humanistic and godless society based on freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion. Check out Colossians 2:8 and 2 Timothy 3:1-5.”
Or would He tell us, “Just focus on those who don‘t know me. Do the work of an evangelist. Keep preaching my word about the cross, where Jesus the Son of God sacrificed his life for theirs, if they will only believe the gospel. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can change them — not you. It is all about my grace and salvation toward them. I love them as I love you. Remember John 3:16, Romans 5:8, and Romans 10:9.”
Maybe God would offer hope to us by reminding us that these events are signs of the end times and things will be different soon, “I will come again soon and judge sin and the sinner. Be sober and keep watching for my return. Don’t be ignorant; transform your mind with my word. Let me remind you that there is a new kingdom and a new heaven coming to a new earth. Remember your eternal citizenship is with me in heaven where I dwell. Comfort one another by reading Titus 2:11-14 and 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 and 2 Peter 3:13.”
What else would God say to us? He speaks to us through his word when we take the time to listen.
Robert A. Watson