Every so often a video or story hits the internet about a good deed or inspirational tale. The tagline often adds “Faith in humanity restored!” It seems we so long for good things in the world that we make a big deal out of them when they happen. But what about that phrase “faith in humanity”? It seems our assumption is that humanity is basically good and all we need to do is focus on that goodness more often. However, this is not always our experience.
This Fourth of July was a another great year to be with friends and family yet, little did I know that while I was heading to bed that night my office at Maranatha Baptist Church was being broken into. Thieves busted through my office door and proceeded to rummage through my desk, stealing money that was to be used for helping others, computers and other electronic tools that are used to teach the Bible and serve God’s people, and, sadly, a personal computer that had all of my family pictures and videos. -that one hurt the most. If you’ve ever experienced this, then you know a burglary like this not only hits you financially but emotionally. You feel completely helpless and violated that someone would do such a thing. I’ve been feeling this way. It makes me want to shout out with the Psalmist, “the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.” (Psalm 12:1)
However, I can’t say that I am surprised. You see, the only “faith” that I have in humanity is that humanity will act in a way consistent with what the Bible reveals. The Bible tells us humanity is fallen, sinful and “follow(s) the course of this world.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) These thieves were living out their sinful desires not caring about those who would be at a loss in the wake of their trouble.
What can I do? I pray. Primarily, I am praying for those people who committed this crime. Why? Because, although I will miss having those pictures and videos of my children growing up, and although, I am saddened that they won’t get to see the videos of them learning to crawl or their 1st Christmas, it saddens me more to know what awaits people who commit such crimes.
Thieves do not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:10) If the ones who broke into Maranatha happen to read this, I would implore them to be made right with their Creator. Repent (turn away from) of your sin of theft and turn to Christ. You need to come to Jesus and call out to Him to save you. You might have taken my belongings, but God will take your soul. I forgive you for your sin against me and the people at Maranatha, but most importantly, I pray that you will come to know Jesus Christ. This is where my faith lies, in Christ alone! -not in humanity.
By Pastor Nick Jones
Maranatha Baptist Church
1320 E. Saguaro Dr. Globe, AZ