Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pain In Taking Up The Cross

When we take up the cross and we follow the "Man of Sorrows". We are not, in conversion to Christ, then made immune from sickness, heart break or tragedy.
I have heard many discussions about "Why do bad things happen to good people?". I have heard reformed theologian R.C.Sproul answer shortly and simply "What good people?".
The psalmist David says you and I were born in iniquity. Being sinners is our state on earth.
When one of us not good people are redeemed by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ,
the world knows the difference when sickness, heart break and tragedy happen in their lives.

One of the greatest young women I have ever known is Abbey Hulsey Ayers.
It is hard to believe that she is twenty eight years old. I taught her years ago as I was fortunate
to be her elementary PE teacher years ago at Tadmore Elementary School.
As the national news reported last week her husband Pastor Jonathan Paul Ayers was gunned down by police in a colossal mistake. This horrible tragedy will be unwoven in the court system later. Pastor Ayers was a young pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Lavonia, GA. He unexpectedly and needlessly lost his life in a violent fashion.
This young lady was sixteen weeks pregnant at the time her husband was shot by undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents. What does a believer do when horror of a needless loss of life happens in their lives and changes it forever?

The death of Pastor Ayers was on a Wednesday. The funeral was on the following Friday.
What does the widowed expectant mother do? She gives the altar call at her slain husband's
funeral. Two people came forward to profess saving faith in Jesus Christ. These two people are now citizens of heaven as a result or her response to horror.
Their is a difference in the redeemed of Christ.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

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