What Is Our Response

The events of last week in Christchurch, New Zealand have been hard to fathom and shocked us all.  How do we make sense of such a tragedy?   What is our response as a Christian?

I read this from Berni Dymet of ChristianityWorks and thought it was worth sharing.

The Mosque shootings in Christchurch last Friday was a tragic and terrible reminder that even here, far away from the usual terrorist hotspots, no place, no person is immune from the reaches of evil.

But how do we as Christians respond to this tragedy? Clearly what we believe is very different to those of the Islamic faith. So how do we respond?

Firstly, obviously, with compassion.

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Secondly, by praying.

At times like this, we can feel helpless. And yet, if all that you and I can do in a situation that’s completely beyond our control, is to pray, then we’ve already done the single most powerful thing that we can possibly do. Prayer isn’t some lame substitute. Prayer is inviting the God who created the whole universe to pour His love and His power into this terrible situation.

And finally, to have a quiet confidence in our hearts.

The King of Kings is still on His throne. And so often we see in scripture, out of some terrible disaster, God’s plans still unfold. He seems to be able to bring such good out of the failures of humanity.

May the God who so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die on that brutal cross for us, pour His love, healing and comfort out on the people of New Zealand this day.

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney