A few years ago, I went with our oldest granddaughter to see “The Hunger Games.” I left on the edge of nausea. This remarkably popular movie, including among many Christian youth, was all about training kids to kill other kids until only one was left. It was violent in the extreme and the audience, mostly young, seemed unmoved by the brutality. I recall thinking “Something is really wrong here.”
A few days ago, seventeen kids were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Once again, our media and our neighbors and ourselves are awash in helpless lamentations. No one knows what to do. I don’t either.
There are a zillion guns out there. We will never get them back even if we want to. I guess eventually every building in America will be a guarded fortress at every entranceway. We will just get used to metal detectors and the sight of rifles cradled in the arms of security specialists.
How did this happen? When did the line get crossed that separated occasional madness with guns to expecting regular massacres? And, here is the tough question, is God allowing our culture to reap what it has sown? Well…I recall thinking when Columbine happened in 1999, that perhaps God has allowed evil to ramp up and why not? Since we kill about 2000 unborn children everyday, why are we surprised that life has become so cheap? Kids who sit and play hyper-violent video games might just want, at some point, to act them out with real targets. Why is that surprising? Why, when the unthinkable…dismembering unborn children is allowed and even celebrated…why are we so shocked? Is God allowing this because we demand the freedom to be violent?
And this disease of wickedness has pervaded even those who say they oppose it. No inherently political comment here. Just a truthful observation. On January 29, 2018 a bill to ban abortion after twenty weeks failed in the U.S. Senate. Solid research shows the vast majority of Americans support such a measure. But it failed 51-46. After the vote, Senators Schumer of New York and Heitkamp from North Dakota rejoiced in the defeat of the bill. They were actually photographed doing “high fives” after it was announced that the measure had failed. Most of us thought that “high fives” are for a victory when you and your partner win at bowling. These legislators epitomize Isaiah Chapter Five: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” ( Isaiah 5:20) Notice…”Woe” will be their recompense on Judgment Day.
Because God is allowing this violence does not mean He is indifferent. In fact, why did God flood the earth in the days of Noah? There was plenty of sin. Sexual impurity. Lying, cheating , stealing. All of it. But how did God explain Himself? We read:
“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled…with violence…'” Genesis 6: 11-13
And now it really is filled with violence. Violent video games. Violent movies. Violent music. Violence in our sports. Violence in the womb. Sure. Too many guns. Too many totally unnecessary guns. Bad politics. Demon possessed kids. Sowing and reaping. And “High Fives” on the floor of the U.S. Senate…celebrating killing the unborn.
Blessings…offered sadly today. Pastor Alberta