Here we go again. A series of mass shootings has set the political pundits into action. The call for gun control – attention to mental illness – the evils of video games – has once more come to the headlines, almost overshadowing the resulting deaths, injuries and trauma connected to the incidents.
It seems the first call to action has become a political intervention rather than a God intervention. There can be a million reasons someone decides to kill a multitude of people. We try hard to put a logical solution to the problems, but let’s not forget the lives that were spent in the process nor those left behind to deal with their grief.
These happenings are occurring far too often. Whatever the reason, we have definitely lost track of something in our country. It has nothing to do with mental illness, video games, white supremacy, racism or guns. It has everything to do with a lack of value placed on human life along with not taking responsibility for our own actions.
Over the years, the raising of children has been turned over to strangers who may not share your values. We’ve given into legalizing abortion and probably soon will see euthanasia being an option for those who are tired of living. We are legalizing illegal drugs. We create more and more drugs to keep us alive, but when it seems death is imminent, we pull the plug. Every day we are trying to run our lives, rather than letting God into them.
We’ve walked away from institutions of worship because of scandal in the church – too many rules – too much structure – too much fire and brimstone and not enough feeling good about ourselves. We’ve given out medals and trophies to children who did nothing to deserve them. We concern ourselves with raising children that are well rounded, by enrolling them in a hundred different activities. We even allow them to change their sex at an early age to prevent any problems down the road.
In spite of all of that, there is reason for hope. God is still in charge. He watches as we dig ourselves deeper into sin, but He never stops loving us. As messed up as we get as a society, He is always there with open arms to welcome us back. He never changes. In fact He is the most consistent being you will ever encounter in this life and beyond. Instead of blaming others, let’s start looking within. Are we willing to ask God to intervene in our country? Can we once again trust in Him as our forefathers did? Will He hear our prayers? Of course He will. All we need is to turn back to Him. Only He can heal our land.