What Changed?

When I was a kid in high school in Rural Missouri, every guy that had a pickup had a gun rack mounted in front of the back window where rested a shotgun or .22 rifle or a bow and arrows or fishing poles or maybe all 4.   Most of us learned early on that you didn’t hunt or fish only for “trophies,” but you hunted and fished for FOOD.  (And no, we weren’t starving; people  had livestock – chickens, cows, pigs – to butcher, along with a garden of mostly corn, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and pickles.)

We obeyed the game conservation laws, and were taught gun safety by older brothers or fathers.  (By the way, my sister can out-shoot most of us!)  It was a very rare incident indeed if someone was accidentally shot (once in a great while it did happen, though).   More often than not it was because of someone not real experienced being careless.

There were never – NEVER – school shootings anywhere.  Or church shootings, or mall shootings, no “mass shootings” anywhere of any kind.

Why?

Back then it was not lawful to carry a concealed weapon, but most people had a gun of some kind in their home.  You didn’t hear of some kid shooting themselves or a sibling or a parent because they were playing with a gun in the house.  So what changed?

Did the law change?  Oh, yes!  For all the good it did.   Stricter laws and stiffer penalties have not curbed the increasing incidents of gun violence.

The reason why is you cannot legislate morality.

What has changed in America is the falling away from adhering to the Biblical precepts of how we should treat each other.  In other words, America has turned away from God.  The Constitution has a foundation of Biblical teaching:  Thou shall not murder, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie…

But the one we really far short on is “Thou shall have no other god before Me.”  –Exodus 20:3

When there is no God, anything is possible – and permitted.  Morals disappear; decency evaporates; there is no Right or  Wrong.  When people take more pride in themselves, covetousness runs rampant.  Families fall apart, and everyone is left to fend for themselves as a matter of survival.

But survival without God is not survival; it’s an existence in futility, a delay in what is to come:

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.  –Revelation 20

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  –Matthew 6

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. — John 3

…Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish, but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.    –John 3:16ff

Believers, it is OUR job, indeed our responsibility, to point people to Jesus.  THAT is what America needs.

 

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