19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
-In the wake of Sunday’s shooting, we’ve heard responses from political figures and religious leaders from across the spectrum. Everything from “those gays got what was coming to them” to “a loving God would never allow this to happen.” But in all the rhetoric, the one message that has been lost is the message of Romans 3:19. The truth is that God’s Word reveals both the law and judgments of God. When faced with these truths and the manifestation of these truths, the gay mouth should be stopped, the political mouth should be stopped, and the Christian mouth should be stopped. Why? So that instead of hearing each other, we can all hear God and so become guilty before God. Only then can we properly pray because only then will we see that it’s not just lives on the line, souls are on the line. As long as we are motivated by things like grief or indignation or national pride, our prayers will be circumstantial: “Lord, we need better gun control laws” or “Lord, we need more love in this country.” But when we are motivated by a healthy fear of God, our prayers take on an eternal weight: “Lord, have mercy on sin-sick souls” or “Lord, I’m a sinner, have mercy on my soul.” 50 people lost their lives in Sunday’s shooting. Tragic. But don’t let that tragedy blind you to the fact that 50 people stepped into eternity and faced God. Were they ready to face God? That’s not for us to know. Are you ready?