I find it very disturbing, all these shootings taking place in my hometown. What’s going on, anyway?
Maybe there are too many guns on the streets of this fair city.
Perhaps there aren’t enough police officers on patrol.
And I suppose it’s possible that all these shootings are the President’s fault. After all, he is the man in charge.
It could Clinton’s fault. Or Branstad, Cownie, and maybe even Wingert, Des Moines’ Chief of Police.
It could be the pawn shops, the NRA, ammunition makers, drug dealers, computer hackers, or high school dropouts.
Maybe those doing the shootings are illegal immigrants.
If given much thought, I suppose a case could be made for blame to be pinned on the church. If they were doing their job, none of this would be happening.
While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and blame God.
We’ve just got to find someone to blame!
But really…what IS going on? While writing this post I received a notification on my phone of yet another shooting, where 2 were found shot to death in their home.
What’s with all the shootings?
Could it possibly have anything to do with the condition of a person’s heart?
Perhaps if we take a look at what’s happening in society, yes, even in Des Moines’ relatively tame environment, we may come to the same conclusion the word of God gives.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NKJV)
No, I’m not saying (necessarily or absolutely) that these are the “last days”. I AM saying these are stressful, hard to deal with times, where the pressures of life can build up inside a person until they feel like exploding.
And sometimes they do.
That’s when we read about it online, or see the police and ambulance next door.
What’s with all the shootings?
There’s no regulation or law that can stop someone from killing another, if that’s what they have determined in their mind to do. Take away the guns, they’ll use a knife. Ban all knives, and someone will use a wet pillow.
Banning pillows isn’t the answer, either.
And I hate to sound like a pessimist, but until the heart is changed, the problem is going to keep getting worse.
History repeats itself if we won’t learn from it. Years and years ago mankind was determined to keep God out of their lives. That didn’t work at all. Ask Noah.
Nowadays mankind has become so smart, so bloated with pride, they’ve raised their collective finger to God and said, “Leave us alone!”
Society has been sold a bill of goods that looks something like this:
1. Life doesn’t really matter.
2. My desires are more important than yours.
3. As long as I don’t hurt anyone, it doesn’t matter what I do.
4. God is dead, or at least he should be.
Yet God’s Word says…
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NKJV)
“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…” (Hosea 8:7 NKJV)
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 NKJV)
We, society as a whole, are reaping what we’ve sown. And it is impossible to have a law abiding society without the God of Life and Justice at the very center of that society.
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God.” (Isaiah 59:1-2 NKJV)
There’s an answer for all these shootings.
“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV)
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)
Society may not change overnight, but it CAN change; one person at a time.