My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

19 April 2007

Responding to Evil

I was just looking through some of the victims of this week's shootings in Virginia. The NYTimes should be commended for putting a human face on what the media has turned into a sickening circus.

One of the far more sobering reasons to sing the Psalms is to be able to react to evil according to God's plan; many Christians look to the Pslams to give Biblical voice to their joy. But Jesus' songs have much to say about wickedness and evil, too. And they give us a chance to say it in a way that we know pleases God.

The two churches in town (Lafayette RPC and Immanuel RPC) have planned for a while to have a joint psalm sing this Sunday night. We've decided to focus the night on "Responding to Evil through the Psalms." I hope to post the service outline, to give you a sense of how the Psalms can help in a week this - but I'd rather you come and sing with us, to experience rather than just learn!

6 comments:

Shannon Koons said...

You've probably already read it... but this is a link to an article James sent me this past week on authenticity and the Psalms. I thought it was apropos to your post.

http://www.reformation21.org/Upcoming_Issues/Authenticity/317/

Tamara said...

I admit God hates wickedness. He hates when churches don't reach out to these people and then blames them for not living Godly. Who didn't share the pure gospel with this man?

52Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering."

I get violently upset when we call someone wicked and don't remember that it was our sin and barreness that caused them not to turn. The gospel is not ineffective. But, it is tolerated by the church that it is ridiculed in our campuses and prayer is taken out of our classrooms. There is none who seek God, no not one.

jmark said...

Psalm 10 is a great example of this, as is Psalm 37

Jeff Kessler said...

Jared:

A good subject for the Psalm sing. I have several emotions/thoughts that go thru my mind after one of these types of events. Anger, sadness, disgust, but not shock. We live in an amazingly free and open country and we live post-the fall. These sort of events do not shock me.

How should civil govt. respond. Here is one thought (and I'm not the first): All sorts of schools and universities are "gun-free zones". It makes it very nice for the shooter to not have to worry about anyone shooting back. Why shouldn't we encourage some faculty to carry guns. I'm personally sick of these nutcases going into a classroom and no one returning fire until the cops show up. Several are dead by that time. Little like shooting fish in a barrell.

Jeff K

Kurt said...

Good point, Jeff.

See the result of a town that did more than that - made it a law 25 years ago for each head of household to own and maintain a gun. See how they fared:

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'
Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55288

Kurt said...

God bless 82-year-old Venus Ramey! Just goes to show how one gun-packin'grandma can make a difference.

Ex-Miss America shoots thief's tires
82-year-old wielded snub-nosed .38: 'He was probably wetting his pants'

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55309