One Month After Orlando, Interview with Pastor David SwansonJuly 15, 2016
Tuesday marked the one month anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse in Orlando, Florida, which took 49 lives. So much has happened in the last month, and as Americans, we have witnessed more heart breaking violence since then.
The violence in Dallas last week is the latest to stun and cause so many to ask, “What on earth is happening to us?” Racism. Mental illness. Community mistrust of police. Terrorism.
I don’t have any simple answers. There is no “Easy Answer Button.” Neither does God promise one.
We may not have an “Easy Answer Button,” but there is a pause button.
But we can be still and acknowledge that God is God – in all times, under all circumstances, over all things. It’s not a cop out nor a sign of complacency to stop and acknowledge our humanity, our frailty, nor our finite nature.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
What does that look like practically, to be still?
Stop signs, stop lights and the pause button on recorded messages and videos is now your worldly reminder of the eternal calling to be still, hit pause, and know that God is God. What if we took those moments, and rather than complain about traffic, we humbled our hearts before God and used the time to seek Him and His will?
Christians know that Jesus alone is the Way of Salvation and we need to be sharing the great and good news of that Truth with others. Although we sometimes live in the fantasy of control, events like Orlando and Dallas are brutal reminders that we are more like grass than we like to think. Death has a way of making us stop and take notice of eternity.
David Swanson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church Orlando, shared with us Wednesday how what man meant for evil, God is using for good. Listen to his interview: