This Week’s Top Scrooge – April 20, 2007
We all surely must have recognized evil this week. And although I try every week to have fun with poking fun at the boneheads and blunders of this world, this week, the week a student slaughtered 32 of his fellow Virginia Tech Hokies, I don’t see any point to it.
I will say the blame game seems to be endless, a bottomless pit of analyzation, dissection, and “what ifs”. I pray the parents, relatives, and friends of all the victims including those of Seung-Hui Cho are not tormented or drown by a sea of questions.
This morning I woke up knowing that we need God more than ever…and that He can be leaned on as illustrated in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 11-18.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…
As a little bit of background to Ephesians, the apostle Paul visited Ephesus for the purpose of exhortation and making sure they had good leadership but he was not the one that founded the church there. The church had its work cut out in Ephesus because of idolatry concerning Diana the goddess that was worshipped there. The book of Ephesians was a letter to the churches written by Paul.
The church in Ephesus, which was in an area now inside Turkey, needed help. Whether you look at the VT massacre as an isolated event or a flashpoint in U.S. history, many also need help with coping, moving on, and living a fruitful life.
Can we use these verses from Ephesians as a tool or weapon against evil today? I believe we can and the church I’m talking about now is not confined to Virginia Tech, or Virginia, or the U.S., but the church of the Lord, which is bigger than we can even begin to understand. All those that have given their hearts to Him are a part of that church.
And that church, I believe, needs to put on the full armor of God right now, today, tomorrow, and always.
I will make one “irritation” of mine known. For all the media guys and gals that stuck one too many mikes in a grieving person’s face, asked one or two too many dumb questions, and yes, for NBC not holding the shooter’s video for a good chunck of time before releasing it….you guys get This Week’s Top Scrooge!