Shootings and violence:
Last week was a difficult week in the US. The senseless act of violence in the Florida school shooting brought us to the awareness once again that we are in a culture of instability, uncertainty, violence and evil.
We were once again in shock and looking for answers. I for one as a parent and grandparent cannot imagine what it would be like to say goodbye to your child in the morning and then get the tragic news that they were gone and had been murdered while at the government school. Seems to be any parent’s worst nightmare.
In the Bible (2nd Timothy) it says this about the times near the return of Christ. “ But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
There is a practical side to the school shooting and a spiritual side.
On the practical side it seems as if we could attempt to fix this school shooting problem. As devastating as it is however, it is only a tiny fraction of the deaths caused by violence in this country whether through alcohol, drugs, drunk driving accidents, suicide and other shootings.
Even so, I think we could stop school shootings. Israel has, Switzerland has with guns and training and security. Anytime I have traveled, both here and abroad there is security nearly everywhere -- courthouses, government buildings, banks, hotels, some businesses, etc.
I think we could and should protect our kids while they are in the care of the school. In fact, I’m sure that if in each district you announced a partnership with business, community and government to install metal detectors and have an armed security guard there would be agreement to get the job done. Posting signs “Gun free zone” is a bit ridiculous. Evil people and criminals don’t care about signs.
Many are screaming at the President, yet during the Clinton years it was Columbine and during Obama it was Sandy Hook. Many are wanting to outlaw guns or specific guns. Most of this, although sincere, comes out of ignorance or a cry of desperation. We are not going to confiscate all guns in the US nor should we. The argument about AR 15’s is shallow, as a good shotgun or deer rifle will do the same thing or even a pistol, which is used in most shootings.
The real problem is a spiritual and moral problem that is pervasive in our nation.
When a network show calls the Vice President mentally unstable for being a Christian and “hearing from Jesus”, it is a sign that we are a culture described in the Bible passage from above. Unbelievers will not understand Christians, so my plea is for us as Christians to rise up with the compassion and love of Jesus to reach out to those around us.
A wise young lady we know put it best. Sierra was working in ministry with us when the school shooting happened in Harrisburg, SD. After the SD shooting a ministry to Gen Z was launched in part because of her ideas and words. Read what she had to say after the Florida shooting.
Sierra says, this is a
“HEART AND SOUL problem. A “vacancy of Jesus in someone’s life” being displayed for the world to see problem.”
Thank you Sierra for keeping our focus on what is important.
Pray for an awakening in our communities, cities, schools, churches and nation.
There is hope as we repent and turn to God.
- Alan Greene