Sharing my thoughts.. . .
My thoughts on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012 where some 20 kids lives were taken.
I am as distraught as anyone to see someone prey on our little ones with absolutely no regard for human life. It is certainly a travesty in monumental proportions. My heart goes out to all of the loved ones, teachers, bystanders, policemen, EMT workers and the like.
This event will, no doubt, go down as one of the most devastating events in our nation.
As I reflect on the state of our nation, some questions come to my mind. . . .
What would make . . .
someone go into a school and kill innocent children, go into a movie theater or into a mall and kill innocent people? Some blame it on the availability of guns – license or unlicensed. Others blame it on mental illness.
The only answer I can come up with is – “It’s the devastating results of a ‘fallen’ sinful world.”
I heard President Obama, through moist eyes where he could no longer hold back the tears, say that he would use his office to ensure that this never happened again. But I say to you how can even the highest office flex its muscle to prevent such a senseless act of aggression especially when the offender doesn’t even value his own life?
You’re weapons are defenseless against me
We simply can’t fight demonic spirits with natural means. The Bible tells us: “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms…” This was a demonic attack.
First the demonic attack was with Adam Lanza with his own personal struggles and sadly the demonic attack that preyed upon our innocent children.
What does the church do?
“..put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph. 6:10-13
What is the role of the church?
PRAYER is the first line of defense. FIGHT on behalf of the kingdom. We are to be the LIGHT to a dark world. We are to POINT people in the direction of Christ who is the hope for the world.
We are to CONFIRM God’s love and value of all people. We are to DECLARE to everyone we meet that each of us were put on this earth to serve a purpose and REASSURE that in the end Jesus has prepared a place for us in Heaven.
In the name of freedom- destroying the hope
I think about the recent news events with the Atheists’ banner ads displayed on New York buildings dispelling the notion that there is a Supreme being while encouraging others to reject Jesus Christ. It’s real a sad commentary to attempt to destroy people’s hope in something greater than themselves, especially in times of such darkness when the world desperately is in need of some light.
Innate in every man a desire to know . . .
Ravi Zacharias, a well-known apologist states that every human being establishes his world view based on four main things:
1) Origin – How did I come to be here?
2) Morality – how do I determine right from wrong?
3) Meaning – What gives my life value and meaning?
4) Destiny – What happens to me when I die?
If we all embrace a notion other than we are created in the very image of God
AND we accept that we define what is right and wrong rather than to be beholding to someOne greater than we are
AND we say an average man determines one’s value or non value
AND we accept the fact that when we die, we just cease to be
Then my question is,
“What sustains us here on earth when we are faced with struggle and trauma in our lives? Where is the hope? In man?
What keeps us from acting on impulse? Our will, our desire, our feelings?”