Once again we as a nation are faced with Pure Evil, that being the heartfelt pronouncement of the Sheriff in Broward County. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took 17 lives with an additional 14 in the hospital. Once the Governor, other state officials and law enforcement had weighed in there was the usual interviews with people of note and of course the usual questions. Politicians, an immediate influx of various different theories from experts in different fields as to the type of person that would do such a thing and still the same question remains, how do we stop this from happening?
What motivates anyone to do such a thing? Motivation is certainly a question that needs to be addressed. What can we do better to make this type of event an unusual occurrence? The last question holds a horrible truth. These shootings and the aftermath that follows is becoming the new norm of the day. Same questions, same results nothing of value ever really takes place. It’s as if it is standard practice, almost like a movie script, everyone knows their place, lines and demeanor needed to act out this phase of the story. I used to count and keep names but I don’t anymore, the Politicians who rush to stand on the bodies of the dead to push their political agenda and curry favor among certain groups. The many groups that will use this to further their interests. The gun lobbies and their supporters, pro-gun groups, and the anti-gun. We will hear from the President and religious leaders. Then there will be a parade of Hollywood’s best, I like to call them the Celebrity Caravan lending their face and voice and remarkable knowledge as their contribution to solving this gun problem.
I would suggest that we are the problem and the gun is only the tool. We have seen all over the world and here in the USA a variety of different tools used. Gun, knives, bombs, poison gases, cars, trucks, vans and even humans detonating explosives attached to their own bodies. Here in the Pew is not the place to debate this part of the problem. We find our ground in Mark 7: 21-23
Mark 7: 21-23
21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”
The secular community and even some of those in the religious community will never take responsibility for our failures or even the state we find our country in, the loss of values and a culture that fosters such evils as we read about in Mark 7: 21-23. We as people and a government find it much easier to place the blame on an inanimate object that is the tool used to commit this evil; it is the guns fault. It is not the purpose of the Pew to debate the gun issue. I stand to be corrected, but I believe the first murder took place a long time ago.
Genesis 4 King James Version (KJV)
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
There has been a lot of speculation as to how Cain killed his brother, most agree we really don’t know what the weapon used was. We do know that Cain did a terrible thing and God punished him for it. Point being that the loss of life due to evil in any form, is not pleasing to the God we serve.
Luke 19: 41
41 And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.
I feel that Jesus weeps over this world, over the people of this world, just as he did when he looked over Jerusalem. There will be many words written about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I do not have the words to express my sadness. I leave you with this……
Jesus wept. (John 11: 35)