As we search for answers in senseless shootings, I cannot help but wonder, what are we missing?
On Valentine’s Day and the first day of Lent, and we were wailing, “Why God, why?”
This time last week we sat in shock at the horror happening before our eyes, on television, social media, and radio. A shooter opens fire on students in Parkland, Florida. A young man, who stated, “He wanted to be a school shooter.”
What have we done? Or better yet, what have we not done?
I don’t profess to have the answer, nor is this a political post in any way, shape, or form. I have given my heart free reign to ponder the reasons we see senseless shootings and violence today.
First, some facts:
June 5th, 1962 – The US Supreme Court voted to remove prayer from our schools.
January 22, 1973 – The US Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirms the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Since the ruling passed, three-thousand babies are killed per day by abortion. Today that is estimated to be over forty-eight million babies.
Rather than argue gun control and security, perhaps we should be debating the sanctity of life. The holiness of God in our homes and schools and the fact that we have booted Him out.
Two different rulings a decade apart have shaped our culture in the worst way.
How can we cry out, “Why God?” when we have removed Him from our schools.
How can we cry out, “Why God?” when we place more value on every other thing in our lives.
We no longer weep for a holy God’s presence in our homes and our schools. We are busy going this way and that, lamenting the state of our country while at the same time cursing the very One who can save us.
We, the people have chosen to remove the sanctity of life. Should we expect differently? I don’t believe so.
How can we lament, and ask “Why?” as we choose other activities over God.
How can we wail out, “Why?” when we are willing to overlook the murder of innocent lives?
It appears that in our freedoms, we have long since diminished the value of human life. If we look at the mass shootings and other senseless horrors we see today, is it possible we are choosing to fight the wrong battles?
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