On April 15, 2013, EVIL struck in the form of bombings at the Boston Marathon. EVIL abounds in our world today. Yet we respond, regroup, survive and go on. How can we do this? My Pastor and friend responded in a message to our congregation:
Dear Living Word Family,
Once again we have seen the very gates of hell. Each and every one of us has been wounded, violated; indeed we have all died at least a little watching with horror the festering evil that transpired today in Boston. If you are a human being, you could not possibly watch those scenes with dry eyes. The killing and wounding of so many precious people is bound to make you, as it did me, angry, disgusted, and saddened beyond our ability to communicate. The wretched horror of it all grips our throats with a clammy grasp and seems to squeeze the very life breath out of us.
What kind of evil could even conceive of doing something so sinister?
Life in this broken world does seem to seal tombs, bury hopes, and nail dreams to rough hewn crossbeams. Certainly the events like the attack upon Boston can make us question our faith—in fact I would say SHOULD make us question our faith. Where is God in the face of such evil, such pain? Christian author Frederick Buechner reminds us that different religions offer different theories, but Christianity does not offer any theoretical solution to evil at all. Christianity merely points to the cross and says that there is no evil so dark and so obscene, not even this, that God cannot enter in and bring about healing, bring about love.
In Jesus, we see proof positive that love overcomes the vilest evil that hell can dish out. In Jesus we see clearly that evil may hold the day, but for the forces of evil and hatred, even now, all is lost. Remember, evil claimed victory on Good Friday; but the next Sunday morning proved that evil LOST. Love wins, love always wins.
The clenched fist is a symbol of hatred, fear and violence. To be sure, the world today lives under the shadow of huge fists. But the world’s hope lay in the open, nail-pierced hands of Jesus Christ. Jesus reaches out to us with hands painfully open, and in His reaching, we find hope. In His reaching, we find strength. In His reaching, we find life.
Darkness is all around us, but in the very midst of the world’s most suffocating darkness, Jesus is there—so hope, real hope, the kind of hope you can bet your life on is there, and will always be there, no matter how deep the darkness, no matter how vile the evil. In the very face of tragedies like this, as followers of Jesus, we need to not only remind ourselves, but live so that others can see the truth that no matter what, Jesus is with us, so there is always HOPE. Please join me in praying for the victims and the families and the rescue workers in Boston.
Lead Pastor, Living Word United Methodist Church
Our HOPE, our SECURITY, our FUTURE and our SALVATION lie in Jesus Christ.
THANKS BE TO GOD!
Alive in The Word