Response to Sutherland Springs Tragedy

Words fall short in trying to come up with the why.  Why would an individual so such a horrific crime?  Why did innocent people die? Why didn’t God step in to intervene?  Why is there so much evil in this world?  Why?

The truth is that in our limited intellect, we do not fully understand the whys.  Only God knows. Then more questions arise. The how. How did Devin Kelly get a hold of so much firearms?  The who. Who could have stopped him from his rampage? The what. What could any of us done to prevent this tragedy?  The when.  When will another mass shooting take place?

The Word of God is filled with stories of how great men and women of God faced situation that they did not understand. There came a point in their life that they simply needed to trust God. Here are seven Scriptures that teach us lessons that can help us process the events at Sutherland Springs.

1. This world is filled with evil.

“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.”  -Romans 1:28, 29

Because the world we live in is filled with imperfect people, evil is all around us.

2. Satan is the author of evil.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” –2 Corinthians 4:4

We must understand that Satan himself is the source of evil and that he is the one who influences evil and evil-doers.

3. God offers peace when we lack understanding.

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  -Philippians 4:5-7

In a world of hatred and war, the best place to find peace is with the Prince of Peace.

4. We cannot allow our lives to be dictated by fear.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Even though tragedy has struck in a church, school, university, Walmart, a concert event and much more, we cannot allow fear to overrule our faith.

5. We cannot take life for granted. It is fragile.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” –Psalm 90:12

None of us are guaranteed a certain amount of years on this earth.  We cannot waste our days.

6. There are multitudes of hurting people all around us.

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”  -James 5:19, 20.

The is a world of hurting people all around each one of us. We must have our spiritual antennas on at all times to be sensitive to reach out to hurting people.

7. Because of these events, we see that the coming of Christ is drawing closer.

“It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” -Titus 2:12-14

With the circumstances in this world continually becoming worse, we are led to believe that Christ’s return in coming closer.

8. Because of these type of tragedies, the urgency to both pray and share our faith is at an all-time high.

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”  -Romans 13:11.

The circumstances in Sutherland Springs and other places should motivate every Christ follower to do two things: (1) pray and (2) share our faith.

God is still on the throne!


Pastor Randy Garcia

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