A lot has been said, from both sides, concerning the recent shootings at both the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Walmart.
I’ve listened to and read arguments from both sides. On the one hand, you have people who are blaming the guns instead of the shooters and they want everything from stricter gun laws to a total ban on all firearms. They believe that taking guns away will eliminate the mass shootings that have happened over the last few years.
Evil will do evil and will do it using whatever means they have at their disposal. Whether they use a gun, a knife, a bat, or a machete, they will find a way to cause harm if that is their intent. The Walmart shooter purchased his gun legally. There are any one of a number of illegal guns out there that can be purchased off the streets. They might try to take away our right to have legal guns but they will never get rid of the illegal gun problem.
Evil will still find a way to destroy everything that is good. Paul wrote in Ephesians that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)
During his Olivet Discourse, Jesus said that the ‘love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12 NKJV). This would be the result of the growing lawlessness seen around the world.
And boy are we seeing that right now coming from radical groups on both sides of the political aisle. We’re even seeing it from our politicians who are openly calling for their constituents to attack conservatives and those who support President Trump.
And what is the one thing missing from all of this?
We’ve removed Him from our schools, from the public square, and, in some cases, even from church.
What’s good has now become evil and what is evil has now become good. It’s almost as if we’re starting to live in the Upside-Down World from ‘Stranger Things.’
We need to get God back into the classrooms, back into the public square, and back into our homes and churches. And the parents actually need to start parenting again instead of coddling their children and telling them that they’re all winners. Let’s start by introducing them to what life is really like; that there are going to be winners and losers and that sometimes you’re going to be one of the two in life.
Be friends with the kid that looks like he’s a loner. Let him or her know that they aren’t alone and that people do care.
And then let’s get the Word of God into their heads and get it to stick where it will make a difference.
Then, and only then, will we start to see a generation that knows the difference between right and wrong and a solid set of morals to carry with them througout their lives.
And maybe a few less mass shootings.
God Bless and thanks for reading!