After Friday’s midnight movie massacre in Aurora, Colorado, it’s hard to ignore that something terrible is happening in America. With Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, and Fort Hood already etched into our collective memory, this latest tragedy feeds the public’s sense of helplessness, further aggravated by an unprecedented heat wave, drought, wildfires, floods, tornadoes—all of which threaten to further destabilize a weak economy that no one knows how to control.
Does it seem to you too that catastrophic events used to happen every once in a while, but are now happening in rapid fire (pun intended) succession?—each one overlapping the prior. Is it possible these things are a harbinger of things to come? I doubt that most Americans consider they might be God’s warnings. But do we? Should we?
Social psychologists tell us that successive crises can dull the senses—self-defensive indifference. That’s what happened to Israel. God kept warning—they kept ignoring. While our non-believing neighbors may be in denial, we ought to guard our hearts from what Tozer called “the twin sins of indifference and apathy.” Paul’s warning is very relevant for today: “If the people of Israel did not escape when they refused him who warned from earth, how much less will we if we ignore Him who is warning us from heaven?” (Heb. 12:25). It seems to me the warning for us is very personal: to remain sensitive, to stay alert, to listen, and to pay attention: God is speaking!