Guns are a result of the problem. Sadly there are countless accounts of heinous acts of manic violence throughout secular and salvation history. In approximately 3 B.C. Herod had new born baby boys under the age of two put to death by the sword in an effort to kill the Messiah. In 2000, Al Qaeda killed over 3000 without a single gunshot being fired. The problem is, was and always will be mankind’s alienation from God. And again sadly, until that changes we will continue to bear the burden of the agonizing grief and mourning of Newtown, Aurora and Columbine. If we continue to remove God from our everyday lives this will be the result. If we continue to marginalize God’s presence in our lives and the lives of our children this will be the outcome. If we, as a society, continue to worship at the altar of self gratification, we become more like satan and less like Jesus. We are told many times in scripture to be like Christ. If we were only to listen and do just that the problem goes away.
I don’t own a gun – never have and never will. And if there was legislation to ban guns – yes I would vote in favor of that while also knowing that we would not have solved the problem. We would be kidding ourselves, and may even be playing into satan’s hands by aiming our focus on the effect and not the cause. We are a result of our own decisions to remove God from the secular world. Just this week my friend Emilie sent me this recording of a brief talk given by Paul Harvey in 1965. Click on the link if you would like to hear it and pray for the victims, the families and the witnesses of Newtown and all other atrocities – and know that our only hope will always lie in Christ.