Today a different kind of post.
Here is part of a thoughtful essay by Tony Perkins on the latest school shooting which I think gives good, biblical perspective.
“Despite what the Left says, our children aren’t picking up rifles and killing people because there’s a Second Amendment. There’s been a Second Amendment for 231 years — and school shootings have only been around the last 30.
“As Dr. Ben Carson has said, “The heart of the matter is not guns. The heart of the matter is the heart.” And until we, as a nation, are willing to admit that, nothing will change.
“These tragedies, whether they’re in Sandy Hook or Santa Fe, are the slow burns of the cultural crisis that’s destroying us. In a country that’s seen far too many evils, it’s time acknowledge that we are a broken people in need of the God we keep pushing away.
“Now is the time for honesty. What’s really wrong, Peggy Noonan wrote after Parkland, is something deep down we all know. “The family blew up — divorce, unwed childbearing. Fatherless sons. Fatherless daughters, too. Poor children with no one to love them. The internet flourished. Porn proliferated. Drugs, legal and illegal. Violent videogames, in which nameless people are eliminated and spattered all over the screen… The abortion regime settled in, with its fierce, endless yet somehow casual talk about the right to end a life… So much change, so much of it un-gentle. Throughout, was anyone looking to children and what they need?”
“Four years later, the flags are at half-mast again. Most people have refused to go beyond what they see to what we know: that this is a spiritual problem. And only God’s truth — the same truth society has ridiculed, mocked, and rejected — is capable of fighting the evil plaguing our nation.
“As my friend Ken Blackwell says, “You can’t run faith out of the public square and not expect to have these sort of consequences.”
Our response? Prayer and doing what is right, reaching out to those who have needs, as Jesus did: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt. 9:36