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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The nation is mourning together after the horrific Las Vegas shooting late Sunday night. After a day of shock and wall-to-wall media coverage, we all wake this morning a little more sober-minded and acquiescing of the events that occurred. President Trump called this act what it is, "pure evil." What are we as Christians to do in the face of evil? Obviously, we strive to root it out through the sharing of the love of Jesus Christ. But when it is too late to change what has happened, what then?

Evil has both long and short term effects. In the short term, we all rally together, praying and aiding the victims of evil. But because we are human, those moments of unity are fleeting. The way evil wins in the long term is by us hardening our hearts against each other after evil acts, whether consciously or unconsciously. Prejudice, envy, disgust, and every other form of hate stem from us allowing the enemy's works to shackle our hearts and lead to further division and evil. When the heart is caged, so is the soul. Psalm 51:10 says, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." As we continue to pray for all those affected by this tragedy, be sure to pray Psalm 51:10 for yourself as well.

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." -- Psalm 51:10 NIV

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