Baton Rouge Shooting: What is Happening to Our World? 07/19/2016

Jim Denison | Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
It has happened again. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. Three others were injured. The gunman, a former Marine, was killed at the scene.

A long-time police veteran said, "I've never experienced anything like this." The president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police noted, "This is perhaps the most difficult and dangerous time in American policing history." Our police need our support and encouragement today more than ever.

The heartbreaking news from Baton Rouge followed a bloody attempted coup in Turkey that left 265 dead over the weekend. We are still grieving the tragedy in Nice, France, the police officers killed in Dallas, and the earlier fatalities in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Yesterday, a dear friend texted me the question everyone is asking: What is happening to our world?

ISIS is inspiring terrorism around the globe; North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities; the European Union is fracturing; China's military reach is expanding; violence at home seems to be escalating.

But the world is no more fallen today than it was last year. And Jesus is no less powerful than he has ever been. He warned us, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 16:33a). "Tribulation" translates thlipsis, a Greek term describing the massive stone that crushed grain into flour. But then he added, "Take heart; I have overcome the world" (v. 33b).

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