The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished… The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. (Nahum 1:3; 7)
A horrific tragedy, so close to Christmas, leaves a shocked nation mourning.
The darkness and ugliness of evil has captured America once again. This time, it was a massacre inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a masked gunman took the lives of six adults and twenty children between the ages of 5 – 10. Stories are emerging, and details will continue to be learned about that day about the victims, the heroes, the school, the security of public schools, and the motives and psychology of the killer, Adam Lanza. Debates will continue about how to prevent something like this from happening again.
Many will try to make this a political issue and point to gun control, better security, or safer buildings and classrooms. Few will suggest there is no way to stop someone that is committed and determined to kill. How unthinkable that a person could aim a gun at precious, innocent children and take their young lives. There are reports the twenty year-old killer may have had mental health problems; but how could anyone take so many lives, especially children? He saw them as objects rather than human beings.
Early reports said the killer was a ‘goth kid’ into dark video games. Have we become desensitized to how violent video games have become? They don’t rate many of them ‘M for Mature’ for no reason. Guns have been around for hundreds of years; video games have been around for just over a few decades.
Hollywood continues producing the most violent, sadistic movies, television programs, and morbid video games that glorify graphic violence and killing people. They’re selling like crazy to today’s youth and our entertainment-driven culture. Some kids now have a harder time differentiating between fantasy and real life when it comes to violence. Why don’t more people cite the countless studies that have been done proving violent movies, TV, and video games encourage children to act out and to justify violent behavior?
Why are we reluctant to call this what it truly is? This is a moral issue, and America has all but abandoned God in the public square. Satan is a very real enemy, and the Bible teaches: “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10) Jesus, however, came to lay down His own life for us that we might have access to God the Father and be given eternal life. (John 10:11)
Yes, the Sandy Hook school massacre was a senseless, heart-wrenching tragedy; but we are powerless to completely stop the forces of evil. Pure evil cannot and does not wait; evil respects no one. A shocked America has again been reminded of this present darkness. The answer is not more laws, better security, or thicker windows and walls in public places. The answer is not gun control. (In Israel, female teachers carry guns in school to protect children.)
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