The Cure Is The Cross

My heart is broken today.  Yesterday, 10 people died and 7 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a small college in Oregon.  17 people were killed or injured in another senseless act of violence.  According to the New York Post the shooter asked people what their religion was.  If they responded that they were a Christian, he shot them in the head.  So many have weighed in on the shooting, including the President.  Facebook is filled with posts about the need for legislation to cure us of the violence.  We who live close to Chicago are inundated with news reports every night about multiple shootings and murders in the city.  The problem is that many want to treat the symptoms instead of treating the disease.
The symptoms of this disease are murder, assault, rage and violence.  These are horrible crimes that are committed everyday and in every corner of the world.  The disease is like a plague that runs rampant and infects the entire world.  We have no idea what we are capable of when it comes to this disease.  The disease is in our hearts.
We all have a heart disease called “sin.”  Romans 7 talks about the sinful nature of humanity.  Paul said that he knew the good he was supposed to do, but could not do it.  We live in this same, terrible contradiction.  I know what I should do, yet I am incapable of carrying it out on a regular basis.  There are moments when the disease does not flare up, but more often than not, the disease wreaks havoc on me and my loved ones.  My sin does not only affect me and my relationship with God.  My sin hurts others and left untreated, it leaves behind a swath of pain and hurt like the damage of a tornado.
We can try to legislate the disease out of existence, but what good are the laws we’ve passed?  I’ve heard it reported that the school in Oregon was a “gun-free” zone.  The disease of sin doesn’t care about laws.  Criminals don’t care about laws.  We’ve got laws against murder and assault, yet they still take place.  We can’t even obey a law as simple as a speed limit on the highway.  It doesn’t mean that we throw up our hands and say, “Oh well” and get rid of those laws.  Criminals must be punished for their crimes.
There is only one cure for this disease and it is the cross.  It is up to every sold-out, devoted follower of Jesus to hold up the cross and shine the light of Jesus into this dark world.  He is the answer!  He is the cure!  He is the only one who can cure us of our sin disease.  He alone can replace a heart of stone with a heart of flesh.  He alone can wash us clean from our sins.  He alone can change us and remake us.  Without Him, we are capable of so much evil.  With Him, we are capable of so much good.  We cannot sit idly by and watch the world burn.  We must take the Gospel to the world and show them Jesus’ love.  For without His love, the disease will continue to spread and senseless tragedies will be repeated time and time again.
We have a job to do.  May God have mercy on us all.

1 Response to “The Cure Is The Cross”

  1. 1 Becky Owen
    12.31.2009 at 10:35 PM

    Thanks Shawn! You are right! It is a heart/sin issue! The message of the cross is foolishness to those headed for destruction. But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18

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