By Timothy Jerry
Here we are, waking up to another mass shooting on American soil.
This week’s attack occurred during a Sunday morning church service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles east of San Antonio Texas. The attack left 26 people dead and several wounded.
These mass shootings are almost becoming a weekly event. It is becoming apparent that no place is safe from the potential threat of a demon possessed lunatic attacking a group of people, whether with a gun, knife or truck.
Each time we here of a gun attack the media frenzy is revived, calling for tougher gun laws as a means of preventing these tragedies.
It seems to me that there are two very obvious solutions that need to be addressed concerning this escalation of mass shootings, which for the most part are completely ignored. The first is the increased arming of citizens as a deterrent against violent criminals and the second is a call for a nation-wide return to absolute biblical morals.
No Guns Allowed!
It’s no mystery that these mass shootings take place where the perpetrator knows that they will be met with little or no resistance. They focus on soft targets, where people are most likely unable to defend themselves.
One of the most idiotic things we need to stop right now is the posting of ‘NO GUNS ALLOWED’ signs in public buildings. Just exactly how do these deter killers? What they actually do, is limit people who are carrying from bringing their guns into schools and other public buildings. Yet these law abiding citizens just might be able to save lives if a violent attack should occur.
The media refuses to report the numerous incidents where a gunman was stopped by a law abiding citizen with a gun. They don’t report this because it doesn’t fit their anti-gun agenda.
If anything, we need more promotion of open and concealed carry. An armed citizenry is a deterrent to these attacks by madmen. If a neighbor hadn’t opened fire on the killer in Sutherland Springs, he may have killed even more people.
Guns are amoral, just like money is amoral. What is done with both is completely dependent upon those who posses them.
We have been a country with guns since our foundation. Kids use to take guns to school and no one was afraid that they would shoot a bunch of classmates.
In a few short years, we have gone from a nation openly possessing guns, to a nation with an unhealthy fearful obsession over guns. This has become so idiotic, that small children have been expelled from school for even saying the word gun or pointing their finger at another student like a gun.
When I was a kid we use to play army during recess, complete with a full arsenal of imaginary artillery, explosives and assault rifles. No one was afraid that we might shoot someone, because these things didn’t happen.
Guns in Churches
As a Pastor of a local church I am faced with considering the safety of the people who attend my church. Who would have ever thought that we would have to take such measures in small rural communities? Yet this is the world that has been fostered in America today.
I want ungodly murderers like the guy in Texas, to know that if you come into our church trying to kill people, you will be met with swift and deadly resistance!
A well armed citizenry is the best deterrent to criminal attacks.
So what’s changed in our country that has turned so many people into mass murderers?
Some like to blame the easy access to guns, while others point to a mental health crisis. While these may be a contributing factor in some cases, I do not believe they are the primary factors.
Contrary to what you may have been taught in today’s secularized public education system, the United States of America was founded upon the precepts and teachings of the Bible. Our founding fathers understood that only the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures would restrain the ungodly tendencies of the human heart.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” President John Adams, Second President of the United States
“There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.” John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” Charles Carroll of Carrollton Signer of the Declaration of Independence
All of these founders, along with many others, understood that only the moral restraint as taught in the Bible could hold the Republic together.
The Dire Consequence of Replacing God with Man
In the 1960s the Bible and prayer were removed from public schools and institutions of America and since that time, we have witnessed an accelerated downward spiral of the civility of our country. Beginning in the seventies, divorce began to skyrocket and the stability of the family (which is the glue of any society) began disintegrating.
Secular humanism and postmodern ideology began to replace the moral ideals of the Bible. For the past 60 years children have been inundated with the humanist idea that man determines his own moral laws and is a god unto himself.
Creationism was replaced with the religion of evolution, demanding complete allegiance from all citizenry. The teachings of evolution in step with Secular Humanism and now Postmodernism have directly contributed to the moral breakdown of society.
When people imagine that they are a law unto themselves, coupled with the removal of any fear of eternal consequence and the fear of God, the void created becomes filled with a self serving depraved society.
We are reaping the consequences and fruit of a nation that is devoid of ultimate purpose, because without the hope or fear of an existence beyond this temporal life we have no real purpose.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
By departing from the underlying moral restraints of absolute biblical morals, we have unleashed a lawlessness that cannot be corrected by law.
We Stand at a Defining Moment
Apart from a great spiritual awakening and national revival of faith in Christ, this downward spiral will continue until anarchy becomes the condition of the land. Once this happens, people will relinquish their freedoms to a totalitarian state for the sake of restoring order.
“When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.” Eric Hoffer
“At that point the words left or right will make no difference. They are only two roads to the same end. There is no difference between authoritarian government from the right or the left: the results are the same. An elite authoritarianism as such, will gradually force form on society so that it will not go on to chaos. And most people will accept it – from the desire for personal peace and affluence, from apathy, and from the yearning for order to assure the functioning of some political system, business, and the affairs of daily life. That is just what Rome did with Caesar Augustus…Rome did not fall because of external forces such as the invasion by the barbarians. Rome had no sufficient inward base, the barbarians only completed the breakdown – and Rome gradually became a ruin.” Francis A Schaeffer
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years, we read, and those nations progressed through this sequence:
From Bondage to Spiritual Faith — From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
From Courage to Liberty — From Liberty to Abundance
From Abundance to Selfishness — From Selfishness to Complacency
From Complacency to Apathy — From Apathy to Dependency
From Dependency back again into bondage.
— Alexander Fraser Tyler (1748-1813) in The Decline and Fall of The Athenian Republic.