Sandy Hook Shooting Newtown, Connecticut… Analyzing A Troubled 20 Year Old

Connecticut School ShootingAs our nation mourns and heals from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut we are bombarded with the question, “What can we do to avoid this ever happening again?” The most popular vibe will be gun control. We will ask why this young man was so angry and crazed to kill his own mother and the children at this school. This young man’s divorced parents have already been observed on the news. The fact that he felt crazed to kill the children too… points to the fact that there was some form of resentment or hatred towards what this class represented. This situation will be analyzed for years. The bottom line is that this leaves us numb and without real answers.

Adam Lanza was twenty years old. That means he was born around 1992. What happened in this young man’s life between 1992-2012 that would cause him to go off the deep end? Was he indulged too much? Was he resentful towards a working mom that he felt valued her class over him? Did money play a part of this? We may never know the answer to these questions.

The fact is that we are seeing this more and more. We are also seeing this from people who look like normal people, like people we see everyday. President Obama’s speech on December 14th, 2012 made reference of putting politics aside and stopping behavior like this, as if we can police this. The fact is that we really have little control over the drug war in America, the drunk drivers killing others, or crazed gunmen going on a killing spree. So who are you going to blame? Are you going to blame a lack of gun control, the rise of divorce, working moms, video games, society in general, or television? What is interesting is that President Obama gave the answer to all the above in his speech but one would have to be a keen listener to have heard it.

At the end of President’s Obama’s speech he said, “May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” There is your answer! Who is the One who heals and binds up wounds? Do you know what he was quoting? Yes the Bible, but more specifically? It was Psalm 147:3. President Obama may not know where this Old Testament scripture is fulfilled but it is fulfilled in the Person of Jesus (Luke 4:18). He is our answer. He was the answer Adam Lanza’s issue. It’s interesting that the name Adam means man because Jesus is the answer to mankind. America can keep on policing everything from elementary schools to the middle east but until we look to the One who controls the heart, we will continue seeing tragedies like this and we will keep on asking. “Why?”barackobamaschoolshootingspeechap_296

Today, make the commitment to become a Christ follower. Admit you are a sinner and need Christ (Romans 3:23). Understand that Jesus loves you and died for your sins (Romans 5:8 & John 3:16). Realize Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Ask Him to be your Lord (boss) and Savior today. You do this through prayer, which is talking to God.

You can pray something like: God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for me on the cross. I realize I am a sinner and that I need forgiveness that only Your Son can provide. I ask that He would save me, cleanse me, and make me His follower and Your child. Thank You for loving me this much to do this. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Now… Please get involved in a Bible believing church and start influencing people from the inside out and stop trying to control them from the outside in.

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The Forgotten Half of the Good News

I can remember back in the day, back in the days when everyone had land lines for telephones. This was the time, about ten to twenty years ago, of telemarketers who would call you right around dinner time to try to sell you something or offer you a service. One night, our telephone rang and it was a telemarketer wanting to consolidate all my debt. The lady began asking me a series of questions which assumed I had all this debt. After discovering that we only had one credit card that we paid off every month, thanks to the wisdom of Larry Burkett, she was done with me. However, I was not done talking to her. I began to ask her a series of questions. One question I asked her was, “On the average, what kind of credit card debt do you see out there?” Her estimated average, at the time, was between twenty to thirty thousand dollars of credit card debt. I was amazed at her answer. She told me stories of people in the hundreds of thousands of dollars on multiple cards. It was unbelievable.

What if I called you up, on your cell phone today and told you I could pay off all your debt? Some of you, that would mean paying off your home mortgage. Others it may be paying off a home and a few cars. Still others, it may mean paying off endless credit cards, cars, bills, and a home. If I called you up and paid it all off that would be a mind blowing experience and you would think I was the best guy in the world. However, what if I did not stop there but said, “I want to give you, to credit your banking account, with an abundance of income.” Is the deal starting to sound a lot sweeter?

I have heard my whole life that Jesus has paid my sin debt. We used to sing a song that said, “He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt, I could not pay. I needed Someone to take my sin away.” The Bible says. “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Even though this is great news, it is only half of the great news.

If Jesus calls you up and says, “I want to pay for all your sin debt” and you say, “Sure, that sounds awesome. I don’t want to be in debt to God (Romans 6:23) so I accept Your offer Jesus.” I would say you have just made the best decision of your life but I want to ask you a series of questions. Where does that leave your spiritual account? It leaves it at zero if we stop there. Do you really think Jesus leaves people at zero? It does sound great but do you realize it gets better?

Not only does Jesus payoff the debt in our spiritual account, He credits it. What does He credit it with, one may ask. He credits it with His righteousness. Not only does He pay your sin debt, He adds His righteousness, His abundance to your account. This means, while Jesus was on the cross, God the Father, treated Jesus as if He lived your life. One day when you stand before God, if you have become a Christ follower, God will treat you as if you have lived Jesus’ life. God will not see your sin, which is great news, but God will see His Son’s righteousness which is greater news. He will see Christ when He looks at you. What a powerful thought! Thank God that He does not leave us at zero but gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). What great news!