On Sunday morning, November 5th, a peaceful Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas was brutally attacked by a terrorist, resulting in 26 dead and many wounded, the victims ranged from 5 to 72 years old. Thankfully this act of terror was stopped by an armed private citizen who was willing to put his life on the line and return fire. This shocking act of violence not only has broken the heart of the nation, but has once again incited many on the Left to criticize people of faith for sending their “thoughts and prayers”, claiming that these expressions of faith are empty and futile. And so I want to explain to those that mock why I send my thoughts and prayers.
I send my thoughts and prayers because I recognize that no law, government program, or amount of anti-gun virtue signaling will stop these attacks. Only Jesus Christ and His grace will bring peace to the world.
I send my thoughts and prayers because I know that men are fallen, imperfect, and that I, as an individual, am powerless to change hearts. Only Christ changes hearts.
I send my thoughts and prayers because I know that I can’t bring the peace and comfort that the families of the victims need at this time. Only Jesus Christ and His grace can.
I send my thoughts and prayers that I may seek justice under the law for those who were harmed without anger and vengeance in my heart. Only Christ is able to truly repay.
I send my thoughts and prayers because I know that our rights come from the One that hears our prayers, and that any law that takes away those rights goes against His will and is wrong. Only Christ can give rights and will not take them without cause.
I send my thoughts and prayers because I know that the source of this carelessness for human life stems from a culture of death and that only spiritual revival centered on Christ can begin to save us from it.
I send my thoughts and prayers because “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever:”
I send my thoughts and prayers because, like the shooter, I am flawed and only Christ’s grace can help me.
I send my thoughts and prayers because in the end, it’s all I have. I am not the Savior. Only Christ is.