The tragedy in Brussels is unbelievable. Within moments, 31 lives tragically ended as bombs erupted, even injuring over 200 people. The wickedness of the human heart is incomprehensible, and the violence of the human mind is indescribable.
Why should we be saddened by this yet not surprised? God minces no words in describing our depravity: “Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:13–18).
This describes every one of us apart from Christ. A well-known, criminal lawyer once said, “Everybody is a potential murderer. I have not killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction out of obituary notices.” Apart from Christ, we would be capable of the same violence that those in Brussels committed.
So what’s the solution? It is simpler than we may want to admit. Regeneration has to come before reformation. In order for there to be a change on the outside, there has to be a change on the inside.
As a person once said, “I always thought the problem was my head; I found out it was my heart.” In order for others to be the people God wants them to be, they need to know the God He wants them to know.
That’s precisely where you and I come in. Got uses people to reach people, so a tragedy like Brussels should give us an increased burden to talk to others about Christ. Not only might God use us to introduce them to eternal life, He might also use us to turn them away from a path of violence. As you read about the tragedy in Brussels and pray for the victims and families, join me in praying, “God, give me the opportunity to somehow spread Your gospel today.” God may work through you to save both physical and eternal lives.
(Note: This post was co-authored by Hannah Crocker and Larry Moyer.)