The killing of innocent people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is not a gun issue and it’s not a mental health issue. It’s a heart issue and heart issues originate in the spirit and these cannot be solved by governmental bodies and legislation. They can only be solved by God.

Humankind became spiritually bankrupt shortly after the creation of the first man and woman. Though in the perfection and beauty of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve disobeyed the one command the Lord God had given them. Since that time, sin and rebellion, brokenness and destruction have spread through the earth like an uncontrollable wildfire. None of us enters this world in innocence. We are all born sinners and if we do nothing to curb the evil inbred into us, all of us have the potential to be explosive powder kegs of violence.

There is no human cure for the problem of sin anymore than cancer cures cancer. The answer must come from outside of us. We need a Savior and this is exactly what God has done. He sent His own dear Son into the world to be the answer to sin humanity needed. Jesus went to the cross and took upon himself our sin, our guilt, and our shame. He died under the weight of all of our sin but then he rose from the dead three days later. His resurrection is proof positive that he was victorious over sin and death. Now his victory can become our victory if we join ourselves to him through faith. If we join ourselves to him, then he comes along side of us to enable us to overcome the sin and the temptations to sin which come our way. If we don’t join ourselves to him, then we are telling God that we don’t need His help, that we can overcome sin on our own.

The problem is that we can’t overcome sin on our own. It’s simply impossible. Try if we must to convince ourselves of our impotency in this, but once we fail, let’s turn to the only Savior there is in the world – Jesus.

Though there remain many unanswered questions surrounding Sunday’s massacre, it is being reported that the man who gunned down innocent worshippers was a man with a history of violence who was a militant atheist. He could have overcome all of this if only he would’ve turned to God through faith in Jesus and allowed Jesus to work in his life. He did not do this and a terrible tragedy was perpetrated upon many.

Let’s keep the families of the dead and those recovering from wounds in our prayers.

Kathleen G. Kasper

Living Word Fellowship, Alice, Texas