As I listen to people talk about the recent tragedy in Littleton, Colorado, the two questions I’m hearing most often are, "Why?" and, "What can be done to prevent these types of tragedies from occurring again?"

As a Christian, it is imperative that we see, think, and respond to situations differently than those in the world. First of all, we need to be sure and secure of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Secondly, we need to have meaningful relationships with those around us because everything in life revolves around "relationships." People, and especially America's youth, are searching for love, acceptance, safety, trust, empathy, comfort, hope, encouragement, intimacy, and freedom to express themselves. People are seeking answers about life. They've tried it their way, and now they’re searching for a better perspective to life. People are now looking for the boundaries that have been destroyed. Americans are realizing that the things that are happening in the White House, the school house, and in their own home are things that shouldn't be happening in America. People are searching and are looking for some moral authority.

Of course, the most important relationship is a person's vertical relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ -- loving Him with all our being. Likewise, we must be in relationship with one another; the horizontal relationships -- accountable to our neighbor, loving our neighbor as ourselves.

May our Bible Classes be a place where we communicate with God, study His Word and fellowship with each other. See you in Bible Class this week!

Ted Edwards

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 2 May 1999

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