To quote Thomas Paine, “These are times that try men (and women) souls.” We have experienced once again the horrors of mass shootings, in El Paso TX, and Dayton, OH. It should shake everyone’s being down to their souls. No other country, that is not at war or in civil strife, has suffered the casualties we have in the United States, from gun violence. People from around the world cannot understand how a country, so modern, like the United States, can let this bloodletting continue.
The answer is both simple and complicated. There are those in this country who feel they are losing control of it. That immigrants and of other races are taking what was once theirs; jobs, control of local governments. They see government, especially the Federal government taking away their lands, their jobs, for protection of the environment. They see gun ownership as the only means to protect what they see as their rights. This might only express some of the reasons why the country is so full of hate, so divided; and why some feel driven to pick up the gun.
But Jesus has said, “All who take the sword will die by the sword.” (MT 26:52). What is called for are laws to remove or at least control access to military style weapons. There also must be dialogue between peoples, to understand the desires, the needs, and the fears of all sides. We need a responsible government, whose goals are to preserve the general welfare, and not their own political power.
Jesus said that the primary commandment for his followers was to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. The second important commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. The challenge of these two commandments have always been before us. Never before in our society’s history, had meeting that challenge been so important!
2 thoughts on “A Nation In Mourning….Again!”
a-men Brother. From across the sea our prayers and love again in support of all who are suffering. One interesting comment I recently read was this. ‘ The whole world needs to wake up to the problem at its heart. Humanity is SINSICK. It goes beyond guns, governments, or ‘rights’ There is an urgent need for all folks to recognise that SIN is the root cause. The need for a SAVIOUR is the most important and pressing needs for all nations, all peoples of every tribe tongue etc. Jesus Christ Lamb of God . His sacrificial death needs to be accepted. An honest confession of all our fallen humanity needs to be addressed in our age. At the Cross repentance, forgiveness. Not more looking to counsellors, or ‘correcting’ of societal ills but back to the CROSS for every SIN SICK NEED..
Thank you, appreciate your thoughts.