Pray for the rebels

With all the tragedy happening around us, it is easy to think of ourselves as different. We pray for those hurt, but for those who have caused the pain we say, “What is wrong with these people?” Some might even think, “How can God forgive that?” But we have to remember; in one way or another, we are all on the same boat.

The Bible describes our predicament: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). We all fall short. Sure some sins look and feel worse, and some definitely have painful repercussions, but sin is sin. In the bible, sin is described as lawlessness (1 John 3:4)and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7,Joshua 1:18). And as humans beings, we are rebels! Luckily God is in the business of redeeming sinners. He pursues them like he asked Hosea to pursue Gomer. Like he asked Jonah to preach to Nineveh. He goes looking for them. We have betrayed Him, but he longs for us.

The best part of this story is this. In spite of everything we have done, God did something completely irrational — he sought for a way to buy us out of our slavery to sin. The Bible says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19). The Blood of Christ redeems even the worst of sinners. It has redeemed you and me, and it can redeem those who cause harm. So today, lets lift up not just those who have been hurt, but those who have caused it. Remember, the blood of Christ is enough for all! Even the worst rebel.