It is difficult to find words in times of great tragedy such as this one. I am grieved by the events that took place in Boston this week. I have prayed to God for the injured and the families of those who lost their lives. But even in prayer I have struggled to find words.
Acts of terror and other tragedies remind me that there is great evil in this fallen world. Evil that entered when Adam and Eve sinned. A friend of mine asked this week, “Why can’t we all just love each other and get along?” Certainly, if it were possible, that would be ideal.
I didn’t answer at the time, but the Bible provides the answer and it isn’t a pretty one. It is because our human hearts are wicked. The sin nature is inside each of us, and only Jesus Christ can rescue us from it by giving us a new nature. Even with his nature in us we wage war against our first nature and our desires to sin. This world we live in is cursed ground, far from the paradise God had created for us to live in.
The evidence of our depravity is on display daily in any town, city or country on Earth, not just in horrific incidents like the Boston bombing. There is a popular, but Biblically-unsupported view held by many that people are basically good – although there are bad apples. The Bible says something very different. It teaches that all mankind was cursed because of the fall in Eden. In Romans it states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Jeremiah writes that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked …”
Jesus himself said in Mark 7:20-23 that “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Our hearts are the problem, but the good news is Jesus can give us a new nature. So in addition to praying for the healing of the injured, and comfort for the suffering I’m also praying that people would recognize their need for a savior, humble themselves before the Almighty God, repent and be saved.