Friday, July 25, 2014

When evil seems to triumph…After the bombing of MH17.

Opening words to a sermon on Psalm 11 by Rev. George van Popta to be preached this coming Sunday, July 27th, 2014.

Once again we have seen a monstrous evil: a passenger airplane flying 10 km in the air shot out of the sky killing 282 people. We hear about man’s evil every day, but then there are those moments which stop you dead in your tracks and you ask, “How can that be?”

One middle-aged couple, Arjen and Yvonne Ryder, were members of our sister church in Albany, Australia. Three young adults lost their parents, five little children lost their grandparents, others lost a brother and a sister, a congregation lost members, friendships broken.

And that is only one story that we know a little bit about of the devastation this senseless missile strike caused. Similar stories can be told 282 times because of this murderous event. A dozen different nations were represented on flight MH17—Canada as well—all with a unique story

This Summer I am preaching through some of the Psalms. I was drawn to Psalm 11 which speaks about the horrific and grisly evil committed by man, about the despair the people of God feel in the face of such evil, and about our God who will set everything right.

1. Reasons for despair
2. Cause     for     trust