Following yet another mass shooting in the good ole U.S of A comes the predictable and expected rhetoric from both sides of the political spectrum.
The left says we need more gun control so the bad guys wouldn’t be able to get their hands on these handheld weapons of mass destruction.
The right says no matter how many legalities you put in place a criminal is still a criminal and if he wants to get a gun, he will get one. Period.
The first draft of this post contained a long rant about guns, and the people that use them for evil, I’ve tried to tone it down so please be patient with me.
It’s no secret, I am a conservative and although I do not own a gun, nor do I foresee a future in which I need one. I support the rights of those that wish to own one, whether it be for a need for self protection, or if you’re just a hunter, I don’t really care.
I truly believe that it is not law abiding citizens that shoot up schools and hospitals.
However, this post is going much deeper than the second amendment. What I want to talk about it is the media’s insatiable need to get the blood flowing and their headline noticed, no matter how divisive they are.
“God isn’t fixing this” screams the headline from one New York newspaper. Guess what? It worked, the headline went viral, getting this liberal rag the attention it so coveted.
The front page quoted mostly republicans who called for prayer and according to the writer it doesn’t matter because God isn’t fixing it.
A slew of questions hit me, the first of which is, who does this guy think he is? The “journalist” in question clearly has his/her own agenda with a headline like that, a headline meant to poke at any and all believers who happen to see it, a headline meant to grab the attention of those that agree with it.
All in hopes that you buy a copy so you can read what the author has to say and thereby lining his pockets for another day.
The second question I had was,
why should God fix it?
We created this mess, we are the ones fighting against each other, our societies are the ones who’ve squeezed Him out of every aspect of our lives, this world keeps saying He doesn’t exist and yet when tragedy strikes the very people that curse Him day in and day out scream WHERE IS HE?
Christians are always accused of being hypocritical when it comes to what we think is God’s will and what we think is God’s grace. What I mean is, the perception is that when something bad happens we say it was His will, when something good happens we say it’s His grace.
Maybe for some I’m sure that’s what happens but for the majority who understand Him, God’s will and God’s grace are one and the same.
It may be harder to find during times of hardship, but God’s grace is there, along with His will. The problem is that God’s will is in play for those that submit to it, the bad guys that start shooting are most certainly not submitting to any other will but their own. During those times of terror God’s grace abounds unrecognized due to the horrors that surround these events.
Here’s an example of what I believe to be an act of grace during the California shooting, one of the shooters had a pipe bomb armed and ready to blow but for some reason it never went off, I believe that perhaps God prevented it, I don’t know how, but many more would have been killed or wounded had that bomb exploded.
From an apologetics perspective, many want us to believe that the existence of suffering is proof of the non existence of God. Mockingly asking questions like, “where is your God now?” and “why didn’t He stop this?”
The short answer is easy, if you don’t want us praying to God so we don’t offend you, God isn’t going to force His will on you by showing up in times of terror.
Without getting too theological allow me to explain, God is as involved in our lives as we are in Him, meaning that for those that want nothing to do with Him or His Son, God is not going take away your freedom to live your life without Him, that’s your choice. But do not blame Him when you perceive an act of terror as an absence of God.
C.S Lewis said it best…
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened”
In other words if you blame God for the state of your life but you’ve never submitted to Him, you are following your will and not His.
Moving on, the last thing that struck me reading that headline was……
God DID fix it.
Jesus came and lived the perfect life, Jesus was the perfect, unblemished sacrificial lamb who covered all of the sins of the world no matter how big. Past, present and future.
We need only admit that Jesus was, and is, and is to come. And that He is the only way to get to that place we all desire, even unbelievers desire a place filled with peace, love, joy and happiness. Jesus holds the keys to the door to that place, His hands are outstretched hoping that you will simply reach out and grab the key to eternal life with Him, the God who loves you so much He was willing to die for you.
Taking guns away from people that obey the law isn’t going to fix it.
You can take away all the objects that could be used as weapons and it still wouldn’t fix the broken people who desire to hurt others.
My pastor has a saying, I’m not sure if he coined it or not but it goes like this….
“Hurt people, hurt people.”
Those that have been hurt, will hurt others if they don’t have the love that Jesus brings.
We don’t need more gun control, we need more Jesus!
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