By Chris Blevins
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
As I write this article tonight, my heart is heavy regarding yet another shooting at a church, this time in Charleston, South Carolina. Facts are scarce, but it has been confirmed that there are at least nine dead and several injuries.
While this article is not considered your “Typical News Article” and I am by no means a news reporter, this shooting crosses over from a secular tragedy to a religious tragedy as well, perhaps even reaching the heights of martyrdom. We certainly know that the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado was an attack in part against those who would confess Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior. We will discuss other school shootings in the upcoming weeks of this article.
Research reveals this shooting to be at least the eighteenth church shooting in the United States over the past eleven years. Further study reveals that there have nine hundred forty-one deadly force incidents regarding Christians in the United States since 1991.
This brings us back to the verse mentioned above, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy telling him that in the last days would be extremely dangerous and perilous. We are seeing this Scripture come to fruition now more than ever. We have viruses and diseases that could wipe out humanity as we know it. We know there are people who are consumed with evil that would gladly involve themselves in chemical and biological warfare. The last days perilous times will come.
But, Jesus said this in Luke 22:28 “ And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” While it is a dangerous time to be alive it is an exciting time to be alive in Christ! Read this Scripture for comfort for your soul
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”