A CALL TO THE CHURCH IN THE WAKE OF NEWTOWN
Dec 8, 2012
In the aftermath of another horrific mass murder in our country, the media is once again flooded with pundits offering proposed “solutions” to these crimes of passion. Some cry out: “Get rid of the guns!” Some chant: “Eliminate the assault weapons!” Some will speak out for stricter gun regulations. Others will harp on more stringent mental health evaluations. There is, of course, a strong lobby for tighter security and protections within the various public institutions like schools, libraries and other populated locations. But what is the REAL solution? Can we rid ourselves of sufficient weapons to make our society safe? Can we legislate to the point at which we will feel secure in our persons? Can we ever lock ourselves in so tightly that no one can access us for harm?
The recent events in Newtown, Connecticut answer some of those questions quite clearly. Connecticut has one of the strictest gun regulations in the country, second only to California in rigidity, and yet the horrible massacre still occurred. The school where the shooting happened was “locked down” and considered secure and yet the murderer still gained access. The killer was denied the lawful ability to purchase weapons on his own, so the gun purchase regulations effectively did as they were intended, and yet he still found weapons to commit his intent.
So what do we do?
A key to any question is to find the origins of the dilemma that we seek to address. What is the origin of these unimaginable acts of violence? Is it the presence of too many guns? Is it the lack of proper mental healthcare? Is it the lack of sufficient safeguards? While each of these may seem prudent to the natural mind, they are but a shadow and a symptom of a much simpler but more desperate condition.
The Bible gives us the answer: “...the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5); “…for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth...”(Gen 8:21); “For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders…” The problem indeed is the heart of man...not just SOME men but ALL men. We cannot solve the condition of a man’s heart by external means of control no matter how many weapons we try to take away, how many drugs we can consume, how many locks we can put on the doors. The trouble is from within.
And yet, in spite of the abundant counsel of the God who created mankind, regarding this problem of evil and sin in man, our society, especially current day America, has determined that this is insufficient at best and at worse, a downright lie.
We have taught our children that there is no God or that there are in fact, many gods and they are all equal in value. We have instructed our schools to remove any vestige of God, prayer or the Christian religion from their midst in the name of “neutrality” which is an inherent fallacy in itself. We have taught our young people that God is not the originator of life but that instead, life was a freakish accident which occurred over millions of years ago by mysterious forces which somehow managed to create complex life randomly out of nothing. We have taught our young people that the key mode, and motive, of successful evolution is the “survival of the fittest” – where there is no other prevailing ethos other than natural selection to achieve perpetuation. We have taught our children a situational relativism which says there is no absolute right or wrong, only that which seems right in the eyes of the beholder.
We have taught parents that it is wrong to discipline their children according to the dictates of the Creator of mankind. We have taught our children that they should be suspicious of any authority and should instead think for themselves. And when these children act in ways displeasing to us, our clinical society tells us it must be a physiological DISEASE and can be treated with mind and body-altering drugs like Ritalin and Prozac; drugs which incidentally are known to have side-effects including sleeplessness, anxiety, irritability, hallucinations, aggression and thoughts of suicide.
We have violated the law of the Creator who says that man and woman are distinct sexes and that we shall not blur those distinctions and roles into an androgynous blur of sameness. Thus the ‘traditional’ man is treated as contemptuous and therefore must be emasculated and feminized. We have further ignored the law of the Creator that marriage was designed for one man and one woman and that once joined, that covenant should stand until death.
This has bred generations of young men, and women, who have not known a family with a father as the rational and loving head of the household as the Bible prescribes. Young men especially, who have been raised by a loving and well-meaning mother, have been altered because a mother alone lacks the masculine foundation so necessary for the health and proper moorings of the male mind.
Thus we have reaped the rewards of children (especially young men) who hold no respect for authority, have no inner government, fear no authority higher than their own minds, and who hold no sanctity for human life because they believe it a mere coincidence of evolutionary chance. As if these aren’t prescription enough for disaster, many are poisoned by mind-numbing hallucinatory drugs. Why should be we be at all surprised at the inevitable results we are seeing?
The Bible is clear: There are natural consequences to every action. “Whatsoever a man sows, this shall he reap!” We have sown the seeds of corruption in the hearts of these young people especially over the past 50 years at an increasing rate and we are now reaping the results of our sowing. A look at the typical profile of the perpetrators of these crimes against God and mankind will reveal an undeniable connection with the indictments addressed above.
It is time for the church to arise and stop being silent about the real answers to this society’s crises. Let us not engage in the endless debates over whether there are too many semi-automatic weapons; or whether we have enough mental health screenings in the schools, or whether there are sufficient metal detectors in our public places. We should gently but firmly illuminate to our companions in the world the real truth: The Great Physician has given a clear prescription, but the patient has refused the diagnoses (and the remedy) so the “disease” escalates.
Our society has systematically and deliberately done all that it can to try and force the God of Creation into a non-existent corner of meaningless ritual triviality. Some argue that America is a “Christian Nation” but our civil government, our educational institutions, the practices in our homes and family and even in many of our churches say otherwise.
We, the church of Jesus Christ, must now take the opportunity to disciple the nations as He has commanded us. The Lord will not be mocked. If we continue to violate His Law and His commands, we will continue to slide further and further down an escalating path of the evil and wickedness of man’s heart. But there IS a solution.
That solution can be found in the Man that God, the Father, sent to the earth to address the issue of man’s wicked heart. Jesus of Nazareth came to end the cycle once and for all, but we must acknowledge Him for who He is and what He came to do. How many reminders will our society need to suffer before we come to realize that we cannot change this condition on our own? It is time to call upon the name of the Lord. And He has promised that He will answer and deliver us from our sins and perhaps in His mercy, heal our darkened land.
Elder, Family Community Church