Let the mountains fall on us

“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand” (Revelation 6:15-17 NKJV).

It is difficult to imagine a greater disaster than the one which occurred in Nepal, April 25, 2015. The nation was ravaged by a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale which shook the world’s highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas. Thousands died, tens of thousands suffered serious injury, and the damage to land, structure, and infrastructure amounts to many billions of dollars. Governments and relief agencies estimate the recovery process will take ten years or longer. Continue reading “Let the mountains fall on us”

Ready for every good work

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2 ESV).

Sometimes, even in the midst of terrible tragedies, things happen that reinforce one’s faith in people. Perhaps I should have said “especially in the midst of tragedies” because it is the response of Christians to victims of disaster that has prompted the above thought. Continue reading “Ready for every good work”

Unless you repent

There are two disasters in the Bible of which we know almost nothing.

The disasters are described in Luke 13:1-5. One involved the deaths of Galileans whose blood Pilate commanded to have mixed with that of their sacrifices. There has been speculation about what exactly happened, but there is nothing certain. One such speculation said that the Galileans had been working for one of Pilates’ water projects, but that is not proven.

The other disaster was described as the deaths of 18 people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell. We know even less about this event.

The two disasters are not really that important. What is important is the question Jesus answered about them. Continue reading “Unless you repent”