Last Sunday’s mass murder of innocent people gathered in their house of worship, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, shook the consciousness of our nation. Such a horrific act cannot be comprehended easily. How can a person become so full of hate as to violently distinguish the lives of strangers who have never wronged them in any way? Among the victims were children who will never have a chance to have a life. The rage of the madman was pure blind rage.
Most Christians and others of faith have a path to understanding. This person was mentally deranged. He was a sociopath consumed with narcissism. He was void of any empathy for anyone else in this world. He was a self proclaimed atheist. His soul was in torment. Separation from God is the true meaning of a life of hell. Satan finds fertile soil in those who are incapable of accepting love. Evil becomes the driving force of all thought and action of those trapped in darkness who cannot see the light of the world. It is a terrible place to be. Some choose, as this man did, to end the torment by attacking the source of love which they fear. God is Love. He chose God’s house. He chose God’s people.
An entire community was destroyed. This small town of 400 people has been diminished. Yet the survivors will have tremendous resolve to heal their brothers and sisters together. Those precious people of faith have all they need to overcome the depravity of the captive of the Prince of Darkness.
The voices of those of faith rose up in prayer for those affected in this tragedy. Candles were lit in group vigils in Texas and around the country. Prayer warriors came together as a force of light and goodness seeking God’s love and mercy.
As the political saying goes, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” The voices of political opportunists jumped in to squelch voices of witnesses to the power of prayer within a few hours, while tremendous pain gripped the hearts of those affected. They wanted their banter about gun control to continue to rise to a level of making the nation full of fear while the timing was ripe for them to push their agenda. They will continue to fuel the fear they create until they have accomplished obliterating the second amendment to the Constitution. Unarming American citizens makes the position of an all powerful government easier to control its people. It is as simple as that. They cannot see if it weren’t for a good man with a gun stopping a bad man with a gun in the moment of his destruction, the tragedy would have been much worse.
But I believe there is a two-fold attack going on with their reiterations. There is gun control and there is their attack on God. These same voices are the ones which have taken God out of schools; forbidden “Merry Christmas” and replaced it with “Happy Holidays”; removed the Ten Commandments from public view; and are currently trying to control all businesses who dare to be selective with their services when it conflicts with their personal beliefs. The list continues to grow on the attack on Christianity.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:14 “The man without the Spirit does not accept things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him., and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
That’s the crux of the matter. Those who believe the hand of the Almighty should be summoned by prayer to save us from evil and those who at all costs hold onto the belief the views of those who do not believe are more important and should rule.
We who are Christians know we owe our entire lives to our Savior. Yet we incrementally relinquish our rights increasing the view we are weak in our faith. We need a good old fashioned Christian revival to take place across this nation and raise up our children to be proud prayer warriors. We should not be allowing our voices to be stilled and the voices of non-believers to dictate our rights.