Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Colorado Theater Massacre
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)
Caleb Medley is a young comedian and an AMTC grad. He was shot in the face at the Colorado theater massacre. Just prior, Caleb was in the midst of a Denver comedy competition. He and his very pregnant wife decided to treat themselves to one more night out before their baby came. His family was unharmed.

I believe God will use this tragedy to good because it is written, 'All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28).

These Denver shootings remind us of the 1999 Columbine massacre. Thirteen years have passed between them, but they drip blood from similar strikes in an unprecedented wave of youth violence.

An L.A. Times article says of James Holmes, the Aurora attacker: 'It's a tale of a shy and intelligent young graduate student who spun his own violent Batman screenplay until, authorities say, he shot 70 people in a darkened theater, killing 12 of them.' And of his background: He 'joined a circle of youths who got together once a week to play fantasy role-playing games such as "World of Warcraft." '

The bloody thread tying similar crimes together is media influence: the promotion of dark fantasies and the glorifying of evil. No one can deny it. No other common denominator exists. We are surrounded by a massive propaganda campaign such as the world has never known.

Its message is simple: 'Bad is good.'

Vampires are cool. Witches are pretty. Violence is fun. Joy comes from popularity--and nothing should stand in the way of partying--including the giving away of innocence. And what of this pandemic loss of innocence? The one that carries with it bondage to men, unwanted pregnancy, runaway fathers, venereal disease, human trafficking, lost dreams, stolen hearts, and death?

These personal tragedies are so common they are no longer considered newsworthy--except in the aggregate. But who in media wants to admit his or her own culpability? Glorifying evil has a terrible price tag.

Yet in all of this tragedy, God is still God, and good will come. I point actors, models, and talent for Christ to three verses of ancient scripture that include a description of today's events, a call to action from our Lord, and its result.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For behold, darkness will cover the earth

And deep darkness the peoples;

But the Lord will rise upon you

And His glory will appear upon you.

Nations will come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (NAS)

Please visit Caleb's website. to find out more information, and to add your prayers and donations as you are led.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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