I’m aware that this is one of those posts that makes folks refuse to come back to visit me.
The school shootings over the past years have been horrific. The Newtown, Connecticut, shooting in 2012 was the hardest for me to deal with, I suppose, because of the ages of the children and it's timing so close to Christmas. 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, they will find a way.
We cannot deny that 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 came with it is gone. (That is not to say that we cannot bathe our schools in prayer from the outside...but do we?) 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 We have placed the Bible in a position of being an archaic piece of fiction that is no longer valid, and according to our president, obscure.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 unlimited hours of play, 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 only, 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, and in doing so, we've lost Wisdom. We've allowed the Bible to lose its authority.
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, I feel Jesus's return is much closer than we realize. Are you ready?
A post from my previous blog.