Poignant questions arrise in the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon where three people were killed and 176 were injured. People once hurt by false witnesses are quick to attack by asking “where was God?” And still, questions arrise that are more to the heart of what we as a society should realize.
There is war going on every day. Real battles are happening daily around the world where people are physically suffering, and even at home; although, in different forms. This is a battle of flesh against our spirit that in turn wreaks havoc against humanity. What does it mean for flesh to be at war with our spirit?
Flesh can over take us. This is the cause when married men seek out prostitutes, or cheat in any degree- when children are born without a both parents left hurt by their circumstances and to disdain the world in which they live- where children in countless countries are left to suffer, miserably, while elsewhere, man made islands and spinning hotels are made in clear apathy for those suffering. This is the result of the flesh taking over. Pride rules men in this world who have lost sense of God’s calling for their life. As people can live in a world taken over by flesh that is numb to real people and to children who suffer every day, there will be bombings and shooting’s in the US by people who are also numb to their own actions.
The question arrises, then- When is it too late to seek God? People overtaken in their flesh or who criticize God exacerbate the situation by saying, they deserve to die, without an opportunity for God’s love. In contrast, Jesus teaches us that even the worst of us can lose their past and transform their lives, and so can everyone in between.
1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 1:13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
Before he gave his life to Christ, Paul, then Saul, slaughtered Christians for their belief in Christ. God used Paul to show the world that he could transform any person into a person who uses God’s mighty hand to lift people up through his love.
Not everyone is a murderer directly. Those who are less extreme than the people who committed the Boston bombing may not realize that they may themselves hurt people’s feelings, often in sensitive times in such people’s lives, and the culmination of society having a mindset that encourages bigotry, pride, and superficial things entirely has been devastating to many. People who live in the flesh put people down to feel better about themselves. They rip people to shreds with their lips and lead people to be lost to suicide or inflict mental anguish on people who commit mass shootings. It isn’t only the direct act of murder that we should be concerned with, but anything that isn’t a testament to God’s love. Many so called Christians are guilty of this as well; but we can’t get caught up in blaming each other or even looking up to humans who claim to be Christians either, as even Jesus ” 24 …did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men…” And yet, still, he loved us all. We need to love each other, as Jesus does, and yet look to Jesus as the only example.
Directly or indirectly, we have all affected people negatively, and in certain situations, even to the point of death. There are real people who have been murders like Paul, who gave his life to God, resulting in countless lives to be saved both physically and spiritually that would have otherwise been lost to his hand. Countless men have turned from paths of marital unfaithfulness by giving their lives to Christ in truly walking as he did, enabling their families to remain intact. While many out there have still stumbled, real victories have been won through Christ that prevent people from continuing to hurt their families and the people around them. People who criticize God do not do anything to stop the perpetuation of sin and destruction. How can anyone say that God isn’t real when his works are manifested through the transformation of people’s lives?