All school shootings over the past years have been horrific. The Newtown, Connecticut, shooting has been the hardest for me to deal with, I suppose, because of the ages of the children. I have a lot of questions; I have precious few answers. I know that God is in control, I know that it was not His will that this tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary happened, but He did allow it. I don’t know why.
There’s a lot being said about gun control. If someone thinks banning guns will stop guns from getting in the hand of the bad guys, they need a reality check. If someone is determined to kill, they will. Would we next outlaw fertilizer (bombs) and box cutters (hijacked airplanes)? If someone is determined to get a gun, they will; just the same as if they want cocaine, meth, or heroin.
We all know we are living in perilous times. We’ve heard it said that we removed God from schools, and now we have these atrocious acts of violence in the classrooms, that until a few years ago were both unheard of and unimaginable. I believe it to be a truth, that once prayer is removed, the hedge of protection that went with it is gone. When I was in elementary school, one of the things we did every morning was say the Pledge of Allegiance, and in second grade, I remember we learned, and recited every day, Psalm 100. I can recite it to this day. We always said the blessing before lunch...unheard of in today’s public schools…much to the detriment of this country, and especially our children.
We have a nation of people who happily (and blindly) elect Godless leaders, and sadly, Christians are part of those blind voters. We have placed the Bible in a position of being an archaic piece of fiction that is no longer valid, and according to our president, obscure. We have embraced institutions the Bible calls abominations. We offer our children “entertainment” in the form of violent video games which we allow them to play unlimitedly, while parents spend endless hours online or in front of a television, on cell phones, and playing our own video games. We have embraced vampires and wizards in the names of Twilight and Harry Potter, and call them innocent entertainment, forgetting that the Bible clearly states that witchcraft and divination is evil.
America has denied the very existence of God…not always in words, often in deed. Christians have played a big part in our demise by keeping our mouths shut and bowing to the pressures of evil instead of standing strong for what’s right, in faith and belief, and in the fear of God. Oh yes, we’ve lost the fear of God!
There’s change on the horizon. It’s not a change that any of us will want to embrace, and I believe it is at that time, finally, and if the Lord tarries, America will fall on her knees because, frankly, she’ll have no place left to go. My friends, indeed, Jesus is coming soon.