We woke up today to shocking news about another crazy gunman. This gunman aimed an automatic weapon on a huge crowd in Las Vegas. According to the Washington Post, “A gunman in a high-rise hotel opened fire on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.”
I can’t imagine attending a concert and then being blasted with gunfire that rains down like hail. Navigating through mass confusion, scrambling to safety, terrified that I would be next sounds like a horrible, horrible nightmare. Does this mean we all stay home and never venture out because we might run into a similar situation? Some of us could respond that way.
But how should we respond as Christians to this news? We typically respond with prayer. We pray for comfort of the victims’ families. We pray for both physical and emotional healing for the wounded. We pray for protection from future attacks. What else can we pray? We can pray God will use this tragedy, Satan meant for evil, for good in the lives of those directly affected by it. We can pray God will make himself known to these individuals and he will draw them to himself. We can pray for a renewed spiritual awakening in our towns and cities all across America.
We can also respond with courage, not the courage to face a crazy gunman without fear. I’m talking about a different kind of bravery, one that gives us boldness to share our faith with others. Let’s take our conversations with unbelievers about our scary world and share the confidence we have in Christ. In a world spinning out of control, where people aren’t even safe attending a movie or a concert, running in a marathon, frequenting a restaurant or a bar. We have a great opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus.
We can share with them how we experience peace despite all the troubling news that bombards us daily. “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” (Psalm 112:7,8 NLT) We can recount to them how God has cared for and loved us. We can relate how we know he is trustworthy. With enough spiritual discussions, we can eventually share the Good News with our unbelieving friends, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)
Just like God, we can turn what Satan meant for evil, into something good in the lives of those around us. We can turn our everyday conversations to spiritual matters. We can testify to God’s love for the world and his desire to grant everyone eternal life. Let’s not fear if bad news will come tomorrow, let’s be confident in God, confident enough to share our faith.