Comfort In Sorrow

bush-at-va-tech.jpgI did not see the memorial service on TV that was conducted at Va. Tech, but someone at church told me that the name of Jesus wasn’t at all mentioned.  I received an email giving more details of who said what, again showing that Jesus wasn’t mentioned.  A Muslim was the first speaker, a Buddist, a person representing the Jewish faith, then finally a liberal Lutheran minister, who talked about how the students needed to pull together and find solace in each other.   President Bush, walking the political tight-rope, talked about people praying, turning to God, be he too, failed to mention Christ.   From the Muslim, the Buddist, and the Jew, we could expect nothing different than what they said, but those of the Christian faith ought to know that there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, and that Jesus is given a name that is above every name, and that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  Mr. President, it is not “a” God, as in take your choice, who will give comfort in sorrow, but “the” God, as in the one and only.   History reveals the multitude of saints who have put to death because they were adamant on that point.   Have people in our day become so afraid of being “politically incorrect” that they don’t even have the backbone to proclaim the name of Jesus?   I pray that the families of those who were slain, and those who were injured, and the family of the slayer, will come to the knowledge of Christ, who alone can reconcile us to God.  I pray that they would realize that Jesus alone is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father but by Him.   I pray that the grace and mercy of God will enable them rest in His everlasting goodness, even in this time of their great sorrow.   In John 6, when many people turned away from Christ, Jesus asked His disciples if they too would go away, and Peter said, “To whom shall we go?  You have the words of everlasting life.”

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