The Responsibility of Grace

As I was reading through the Wall Street Journal, I came across a very disturbing picture. A young man who couldn’t have been more than 22 or so, was carrying his four year old son’s casket. The child had been beaten by his mother’s boyfriend and left for dead. My heart was torn when I saw that small casket and I thought to my self that NO parent should ever have to carry their child’s casket.

There is so much depravity and sin in this world that can only be cured through grace. In Romans, Paul said that although death through sin was brough in to the world through one man (Adam), so much moreso was grace brought in to overflow to the many through the one man (Jesus). As Christians, we are the ones left with a responsibility to share this grace. Imagine if the man who beat that poor child to death would have had his heart touched by someone in a positive way or would have been taught respect for others at a young age. What if his parents were Christians, but felt that they should let him learn about life on his own?

Imagine all of the terrible things that happen in this world and if the perpetrators would have known grace and love. How much evil and sin in this world could be avoided that way? Don’t ever underestimate the power of our words and actions on other people. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of teaching morals at a young age. As troubling a thought as it is, we never know when the child in the casket or the man in the prison may be our own. Let’s take our resonsibility to heart and do what we can to make this world a better place.

Just a thought,

B

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