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Desensitized?

Preacher’s Corner


We've seen it so many times. The most recent episode involved the taking of 12 lives through violence in the Virginia Beach area. The first one I recollect was the Columbine shooting in Colorado. I was still in middle school at the time. The most heartbreaking one I can remember involved the elementary school students in Connecticut. It's all just so sad.


But it's also happened so often that I wonder how much we are getting desensitized to all of this sadness. That notion definitely applies to myself too.


There is a seldom used word in the ESV translation → resolve. In Daniel 1:8, Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food...


In Acts 19:21, “Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, 'After I have been there, I must also see Rome.'” Sometimes in life, we are forced to handle scenarios with resolve.


It's so easy to get desensitized to these public acts of violence- especially when they feel that they keep happening at shorter and shorter intervals. Are we going to be people with resolve- to recognize evil for what it is, and offer a superior narrative of the Messiah to a fallen world?

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