What Is This World Coming To?
Vol: 24 Issue: 26 Friday, September 26, 2003
A high-school coach in Cold Spring, Minnesota is being hailed a ‘hero’ for his part in stopping a fifteen year-old boy from continuing a high school shooting spree. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said the suspect and one of the wounded boys are in 9th grade – about 13 or 14 years old.
The coach walked up to the boy who then pointed the gun at him. Fortunately for the coach, when he ordered the shooter to put down the gun, he did.
But the tragedy wasn’t over yet. Two teens were shot before the coach stopped the shooting.
The first emergency medical technician on the scene discovered the most seriously wounded student, who died at the scene, was his 17-year-old son.
‘What is this world coming to?’ is a question that gets asked thousands of times a day, in the thousands of places whenever something like this hits the news.
This particular story went around the world, having been reported in newspapers from Singapore to Australia. And everywhere where it was reported, the same question comes up — ‘what IS this world coming to?’
Of course, WE know what this world is coming to.
The Bible explains that, “. . . in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . . .” (2 Timothy 1-4)
The study of Bible prophecy is, to most people, ‘gloom and doom’ that they just aren’t interested in hearing. They miss the point. The chaos of this generation is actually cause for celebration.
What terrifies the world comforts the Christian who understands that Scripture is unfolding before their eyes in this generation. To the Christian, it is evidence that God remains on the Throne, and that His Word will not return to Him void.
School shootings are unique to this generation, and as this generation begins to wind down, they grow almost as common as schoolyard fights.
We know what this world is coming to, and it is our responsibility before God to answer that question.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Besides, the real question isn’t, ‘what is this world coming to?’ but rather, ‘Who is coming to this world?’ That is the reason for the hope that is in you, as it is the reason for the hope that is in me.
Jesus is coming. The signs are all around us.
The Lord continues to bless me on this latest ‘walkabout.’ Yesterday, I got a phone call from somebody who read in the OL that we were in Texas visiting my old police partner. Before I was a police officer, I was in the US Marine Corps. On the other end of the phone was a Marine buddy I served with for several years. We were so close when we were in service that Rick is the namesake for my youngest son. He lives thirty miles away. We’ll be having dinner together tonight.
What an awesome God we serve!