There are troubled hearts in Charleston, South Carolina, not to mention the troubled hearts all across the country. Once again, what appeared to be safe, was not. The time of the Fall can only disguise it's ugliness for a season. The enemy of our souls is engaged in non-stop attempts to make us think that this world is good and has all that we really need. Then this myth is shattered by an event like Charleston. Not even churches are safe. This reminds us that the world is not all it is promised to be. However, Satan's deception does not end when tragic events occur. He is also a master of offering solutions based on human philosophy and traditions. He wants us to believe we are good enough to solve our own problems. So man offers his own fixes and then fights about which one is best. However, the one great truth about the these horrific events is always ignored on the national stage.
The problem is sin. Man's answers are no answers at all. They only result in stumbling around in the darkness, with no clue of what is best.The real answer, the one that the enemy does not want proclaimed, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel provides hope for now and hope for the future.
The truth is every human heart is born wicked. Only a new heart offers hope. While earth remains, evil will remain. The gospel alone can provide comfort and hope in this world of sin. But the gospel also points to a new heavens and a new earth, when every tear will be wiped away.