There was this kid named Josh on Myspace. He went by the name you BROKE my LIFE. He was a 17 year old kid in high school. He was considered to be an emo kid. His friends say he was loyal as a friend and cared a great deal for those that he loved. 2 years ago, Josh posted a bulletin on Myspace that read in the subject, “Do me a favor”, and then when you opened it, it read, “Call the police”, and gave his address, then a note that said, “I’m sorry”. Josh put a gun to his head and committed suicide leaving his note for all to see on his Myspace profile.
Two kids walk into their Colorado high school and open fire on their classmates and teachers killing 13 people and injuring many more. Putting the city of Columbine into a panic about any and all teenagers who look a little scary.
Two kids lured an 26 year old man into their grandfathers garage and I will just read the article myself. There, on a tarp they allegedly spread out for the attack, they slit Sorensen's throat with a knife and repeatedly stabbed him before cutting off his head with a hacksaw, prosecutors said."They lured him in the garage where they prepared a space to kill him," Worthy said. A tarp had been spread on the garage floor, and Sorenson was stabbed multiple times in the back. His head was sawed off and his body wrapped in the tarp, authorities said.They allegedly used a blowtorch on his hands and feet in an attempt to remove his fingerprints, officials said.
These are all horrific stories of violence against oneself and others and to tell you the truth these things happen quite rarely, but what happens too often are the feelings and rejection that lead up to a person doing such awful things. Kids family’s are broken and they bear the brunt of the punishment for it. A kid looks or feels different, so he or she is quickly labeled and feels like a reject. A kid feels like their life is spinning out of control and there is nothing they can do about it, so they cut themselves, because that is something they can control, or they eat a lot of food then throw it up, because they can control that. A kid has forgotten what it is like to be himself because of all of the time they spend being someone acceptable to others, and eventually loses himself completely. These are stories that happen every day in your schools and in your neighborhoods, and maybe in your own lives. Things all caused by the amount of evil in the world, the amount of brokenness that reigns in the lives of teenagers. It is caused by bad parents that think only of themselves when making decisions that effect others around them. It is caused by other kids who feel better about themselves by tearing other kids down. This is the single biggest reason that we exist. We are here to glorify God and to worship and to lead others into committed relationships with God, but mostly we are here for the sick of this world. We feel this way because Jesus did.
Matt. 9:12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
If all of the kids in this community had it all figured out and they were all well rounded and healthy inside and out, there would be no need for us here, we could all just give our lives to Christ and go directly to Heaven. If all of the people in Jesus’ day had it all figured out and lived their lives the way God wanted them to, there would be no need for a savior. But it is because of the need for a savior that Jesus came, because the world was full of evil and violence and greed and hatred and the people were lost, and hurting without hope. Enter Jesus who went to those hurting people even though those that considered themselves to be religious called Him names, lied about Him, despised Him about it. Jesus went to those that were hurting in the world and gave them hope. We are not Jesus, but we strive to be a model of what He looked like. And give you others an avenue to grow together in Christ’s love, and to be a part of a work that is much bigger than you and I. We have the opportunity here to be a part of God’s story. Of how He continues to change lives and save souls, of how He continues to move mountains and break down barriers. This is the story of God playing out here, in this room, in your lives.
What would life be like if all of the lights went out in your city and there were hungry lions on the prowl all around. Everyone is walking around without being able to see what is in front of them, they can’t see the lion about to pounce them and you have the only flashlight. Would you then use that flashlight to guide your own way to a safe place and leave the rest to become lion food? Or would you possibly use that light you have to go and rescue some people that do not see what is ahead of them. This is the very question that God has posed to us. He said:
Matt. 5:14 ¶ “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
It is Gods desire for us to share this truth you have been given with others who are in darkness. See there is this problem in America with people just sitting back and watching all of the crap happening and they just sit back and be glad and thank God that it didn’t happen to them. They pray that God will protect their families and friends and thank Him for keeping them from the disaster. But if God’s people do that, than who is helping with the disaster? Who is there to help others deal with loss, with pain and rejection, with feelings of self hatred? God says that we are the light of the world, He isn’t asking here in this passage, He says you are the light of the world, why because if you believe, than the Spirit of God resides in you and desires to light you up so all can see, but very often, we hide that light. Very often we get too comfortable with the joy of being a Christian and the joy of security, that we do not do anything to help others that do not have what you have. This is not the way of God and it should not be the way of the Church, laziness, contentment in your own little worlds, this is shameful and lukewarm.