Tag: violence

People And Their Guns 

Did you know there’s coming a day when all guns will be a thing of the past? Just a faint, distant memory, if even that.

Just the thought of that is enough to throw some into a mild panic.

Now before you get mad, ranting and raving about my liberal viewpoint, please finish reading this post. It may not be what you’re thinking.

It’s been said, guns don’t kill, people kill. It’s also been said, guns can protect people from people who kill. The truth is, some people use guns to kill, people and/or animals, while others use guns to protect themselves against people and/or animals.

But what if everyone, everywhere, were forced to lay down their guns, EXCEPT those who ONLY use theirs for hunting game? And those who are allowed to keep theirs MUST PROMISE TO NEVER use the gun to hurt a human being?

Notice I said EVERYONE and EVERYWHERE.

No more killing people with guns. People who still want to kill would have to choose a different plan of attack. Like use a knife, for instance. At least a knife would be easier to defend against. And I’ve never heard of an automatic knife. Have you?

So why wouldn’t that work?

Some say that the money grabbing gun manufacturers wouldn’t stand for such a law. Others are quick to post pictures of Hitler, Stalin, and Obama demanding all guns be surrendered.

But what would be wrong with that?

The thing that’s wrong with that is, guns aren’t the problem at all! No, the problem is just plain, ordinary, run of the mill, PEOPLE. 

People like you and I.

And because it’s a people problem, people can’t be trusted to do the right thing. 

They can’t be trusted to always think straight, control their temper, or act in a way that would possibly diffuse a volatile situation. They can’t all be trusted to use their guns in a responsible manner.
They can’t be expected to ALWAYS make the best decision, or NEVER have an accident.

Because people act like people. Always.

And too often guns are needed to protect people from people.

But what if it COULD be accomplished?

Just think; no more guns, legal or otherwise, being fired by people at people, regardless of whether the shooter or victim is good or bad. No more San Bernardino massacres, nor more Columbines, no more gun accidents within the homes of good people. No more armed robberies by bad people.

Remember, it’s a people issue.

But people, good and bad, don’t want to give up their guns. Now this may not sit too well, what I’m about to say, but I think people don’t want to give up their guns because they’re in love with them.

Blast those nasty Chinese anyway, for inventing such a terrible thing as gunpowder. 

Oh, I forgot to mention; the Chinese are people.

Back to people. I didn’t say there was anything wrong with it; but can’t we be honest? People love their guns. It’s what people do. We love things that can sometimes be used for good and sometimes for bad. 

May not be a gun; could be a car. And cars have been used to kill PEOPLE.

But back to people and their guns…

Am I advocating a complete, across the board surrender of ALL guns everywhere? 

Yes. It would simplify things greatly, IF everyone could be trusted.

Am I proposing all weapons be destroyed and never manufactured again?

Yes. Again, IF each person could be trusted.

Do I think it will ever happen?

Yes! I know it will.

BUT NOT because people can be trusted. 

People CAN’T be trusted.

But I know it will happen because I’m not the only one who’s sick and tired of all the killing; senseless or otherwise. And the One Who’s going to make certain all weapons ARE destroyed isn’t Obama, Clinton, or some Muslim terrorist regime. After all, they’re just people.

No, I’m referring to God Almighty; He’ll get it done. But not until this planet’s people are forever changed into His likeness, and can be trusted to act and respond as He would.

So you might as well begin easing up a bit with your affection for guns, or anything else that’s going to melt with fervent heat (including cars) as mentioned by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:11,12.

Because a greater problem than guns, or people using guns to kill, is upon us. The thing that gets us all in trouble. The reason Jesus came in the first place.

People loving things instead of loving, really loving and obeying, the living God. 

But it’s going to happen, some day; and I can hardly wait!

“‘The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 65:25 ESV)

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills;and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say:

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.” (Micah 4:1-4 ESV)

The Point Of No Return 

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Are you aware that today someone will do something they never thought they’d do?
If you’d asked them a year earlier, “Do you ever see yourself doing thus and so?”, like stealing, raping, cheating on their spouse, or even murdering, they would’ve undoubtedly answered, “No way!”
But today they’ll do it. 

Brand new sexual addictions will begin today. New addictions to drugs and/or alcohol will wrap their hellish chains around some poor soul as well.

Today.

And someone will take a step toward new levels of violence; even to the point of murder.

Today.

Not planned. It just happens.

Or does it?

There are things which I have done that I would have sworn I’d never do.

But I did them. 

How about you?

Think of people you’ve read about in the history books; Hitler, Stalin, and others. Adolph began life as an innocent child, but ended as an evil, demon possessed maniac.

Ted Bundy wasn’t born a murderer. He BECAME one, one bad choice at a time.

Again, how about you?

Are you aware that every living soul is capable of committing atrocities even more heinous than those of Hitler or Bundy?

I realize it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

(Hint: ask God)

Wickedness grows to uncontrollable proportions when we allow little compromises to pass unchecked. When our mind excuses wrong behavior because it doesn’t seem “that” bad, or it has become sociably acceptable, we don’t realize just how close we are to the point of no return.

“That sure sounds ominous…”

Welcome to the macabre.

Imagine a stick of dynamite. Let it represent the evil you believe you are incapable of doing.

Light the fuse, but just for a moment. Now quickly extinguish it. Whew! Great, no evil done.

Now, let it be lit again, and again, and again…

No problem! Each time it is extinguished before anything really bad happens.

Until one day…

KKKKAAAABBBBOOOOOOOOMMMM!

You’ve just reached the point of no return.

And that’s how the progression goes for those have had their lives and eternities destroyed.

That’s the point in a life that Paul talked about in Romans, chapter one:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. THEREFORE GOD GAVE THEM OVER in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

“For this reason GOD GAVE THEM OVER to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, GOD GAVE THEM OVER to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

God gave them over…

Though He never intended for His creation to be subjected to His wrath, they reached the point of no return; one action, one thought, one compromise at a time.

What are you doing about your own life?

How many times do you think you can light the fuse and get away with it?

Don’t bet on it.

Sniper On The Loose

20130513-054132.jpgViolence is everywhere! In the news, in video games, movies; all over the world!

And in the church.

No, I’m not referring to those instances where a deranged gunman walks into a Sunday church service and starts shooting people. The kind of violence I’m talking about won’t be seen but through spiritual eyes; spiritual discernment.

There’s a sniper on the loose! His plan is to pick off as many Godly leaders as possible. And he’s taken out far too many already.

How can he do such a thing? Where’s God at? Why doesn’t God stop the sniper?

In a way, He has. Through His Word, God has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1). He has told us to be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6). And He has instructed us the be “watchful, always on guard, because your adversary goes about…seeking to destroy…” (1 Peter 5).

How does the sniper take down the leaders, if God has made His protection possible? Like so:

Deception, greed, lust of the flesh, love of money, unaccountable to others, pride, isolation, etc.

None of those tactics will take down the Godly leader with the first shot. But the sniper is patient. He shoots and grazes a shoulder, a leg, an ear; and the target will know they’ve taken a hit. Like a temptation here, an innocent conversation there, an inappropriate website, a thought…their conscience will be bothered for a moment, but can eventually be ignored. The target will begin to rationalize and spiritualize their actions.

Another shot, a little closer to the head and the heart. The pain increases. But so does the target’s justification of their actions. They become numb to their conscience’s voice, deaf to the Spirit’s promptings, and irritated when a brother or sister in Christ confronts them.

The sniper fires again. Further isolation, deception, and increased pain and trauma. Loss of spiritual life causes family, friendships, and ministry to suffer. The leader is being set up for the final shot. Set up to be picked off, and taken out.

I’ve been there! I’ve also known a number of people who were called, gifted, and anointed by God to lead in the church, but don’t because they were taken out by the sniper.

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT)

Scripture says to “examine yourselves”. Look in the mirror (James 1) and ask God to show you any “bleeding” area. Ask Him for spiritual discernment. Be quick to repent of those things that have separated you from Him.

And don’t be too proud to ask for “back up”!

It’s high time we quit losing Godly leaders to the sniper!

What do you think?

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