Monday, March 09, 2009

Thoughts on Sunday's tragic shooting

It's hard to know how to even write about the tragic shooting of Pastor Fred Winters in Maryville, IL on Sunday. Along with many people across the nation, I'm shocked and saddened.

Jeremiah Beck of WIBI radio is a Facebook friend of mine. He responded to my comment that the church and community are in my prayers:

"Thank you Cindy. This is a senseless tragedy. The only meaning that can be found in it will have to come from Jesus. His promise to turn that which was intended for evil to good will be the foundation for building a future. I keep thinking of the last time I had dinner with Fred. He and his wife were so excited about what God was doing in their community and what God was doing at WIBI (they are supporters.) I asked about his new building (it is beautiful) - and he said 'the building isn't who we are. We are a church working to reach people.'"

Jeremiah asks for continued prayers, particularly for the pastor's two daughters.

Losing Our Religion

Fewer Americans are Christians, and more Americans say they have no religion at all.

This news is not really surprising, given the condition of our world and our nation today. But I think those of us who call ourselves Christians have to take a long, hard look at ourselves in the mirror. What's wrong with this picture?

Obviously we are not being the salt and light that God wants us to be, and that saddens and convicts me.

I've been hearing a lot of Keith Green lately. My daughter has recently been introduced to his music, and my son gave her a CD for her birthday.

Keith Green was still in his twenties when he died in a plane crash in 1982, and he had only been a Christian for some six years. His zeal for God was so avid it was sometimes overwhelming, even to fellow Christians. To some, he was a little too tactless and harsh in his indictments of modern Christianity. But Green's heart cry was palpable in lyrics like these, from "Asleep in the Light":

Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don't you care, don't you care
Are you gonna let them drown

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job's done

"Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord"
You know it's all I ever hear
No one aches, no one hurts
No one even sheds one tear

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
And He cares for your needs
And you just lay back
And keep soaking it in,
Oh, can't you see it's such a sin?

You can hear Keith Green sing "Asleep in the Light" here.


Ann-Marie said...

Our church prayed for this dear man, his family, and his church on Sunday. God will use it for His glory, and it sounds (from your friend) that would have been the desire of the pastor's heart. Still, I grieve with his daughters, losing a godly father is heart-breaking, especially in these circumstances.

Randy said...

Keith Green was one of my earliest Chritian music influences. His songs still touch me to this day.

It saddens me to no end what happened to this pastor in Maryville. I still have a difficult time with it.

In John Eldredge's book, "Walking With God" that I'm currently reading, he basically says that evil is still here. (end quote.) Sometimes we think that the old Babylonian days are gone. No, not really. They've taken on a different form is all.

When will any of us wake up and realize that it is still a fight about God versus the devil. Just the other night I watched "House" and the doctor purposely killed himself for about a minute and they brought him back. He said, "Well, I knew there was nothing beyond this." Then, they go into a show called, "Psych." Just shows what the world is really all about.

I know some of this had nothing to do with the shooting. It is just an adjacent thought to the senseless killing of a man doing the will of God.

Even so Come Lord Jesus.

Tamara said...

When I was a teenager, my youth pastor's wife asked me to sing this song for her husband's birthday. It was his favorite song, and I can see why.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important subject, and for stopping my blog for a little visit!

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