I’m worried every time I turn on the television. ‘What now?’ I ask myself. To my horror here we go again! Mass shootings within days of each other. The Garlic Festival in Oregon. The El Paso Walmart shooting. So far, 22 people are dead. It turns my stomach. Death has a stench that cannot be masqued by flowery words. When it comes at the hands of another human being it is irreversibly cruel. Humanity continues to chisel away at its innocence or whatever remnant that is left of it. Mass killings are evil, senseless, and yet organically grown out of a culture that celebrates perversion and death. The question goes from ‘Why did this happen?’ to ‘How the hell does it not happen every day?’. I next woke up to the news of Dayton, Ohio. It is happening every day.
Psychologists and researchers say that violence is hard to predict. Really? One doesn’t have to be a weatherman to notice rain clouds in the sky. Guilty of promoting violence, the media then acts shocked by the violence that occurs. Sure, they are concerned and surprised by the most recent mass shootings. As they themselves say, “If it bleeds it leads!” That means big numbers for them. America is hemorrhaging at this point. Meanwhile, the media is busy pointing fingers and clutching pearls.
We don’t have to read some psychotic’s social media manifesto to recognize that many people are miserable within themselves and amongst themselves. Other people’s lives don’t matter, simply because the killer does not know who they are. All of humanity takes a hit when that mentality prevails. The world is obsessed with death and violence. Its obsession has grown continually since Cain killed Abel;
Then the LORD asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel? He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis Ch 4. NAB
God answered by expelling Cain out of the garden. There is an answer to today’s diatribe. We can teach each other to respect all human life as sacred. We start by ending the barbaric and beneath us practice of abortion. It is evil to think that killing another human life can somehow make our lives better. (St. Mother Teresa said it better). We are here to love, cherish and preserve human life as it is a gift from God. Therefore, we hold ourselves, our brothers and neighbors accountable for the preservation of human life. Recognizing the human as made in the image of God, requires our diligent love in caring for the most vulnerable and defenseless in our society. As such the very young and the very old deserve our respect, protection and tender loving care. Each person deserves that.
School shootings and other mass killings are both symptoms and a result of the societal devaluation of human life. When we, the grown-ups, remain silent while mothers, doctors and nurses slaughter (without pain relief) the smallest among us, it stands to reason that another human being would have no feeling of empathy while shooting multiple people who are all, frankly, at different stages of development. Except for the tools used for killing people, Planned Parenthood doctors and the other mass killers have the same occupation.
What’s really going on here is idolatry. We are addicted to sex and violence. We prop them up as though they were the new god of this century. People think of idolatry as having to do with statues. It is more authentically defined as anything or anyone that we put before God Himself. We see examples of this affliction in the public arena. We have entire parades in most major cities celebrating who someone has sex with. What used to be considered pornography is seen today on mainstream TV, movies, and even commercials and billboards. The left pushes the agenda of sexual idolatry even to our children. Our children have always been the target of the left’s agenda in their quest to forever corrupt their innocence. Thereby making our whole country less genteel, less civilized.
I maintain that the sexual revolution was a hoax! It was a lie. This movement made people believe that intercourse was a recreational right, rather than the family building, God given expression of love between a married man and his wife. Not a popular idea today. But it remains true. So why are grown women marching in Washington D.C. dressed like vaginas, wearing hats that represent female genitalia? Are they bloodthirsty murderers who think killing babies is a good thing? Or are they just women who want the right to remain promiscuous with impunity? Are they fighting for the right to remain sluts or are they united for the unlimited right to kill their own children? Maybe it’s all of that. (Men are equally responsible for this surge of promiscuity; I’m just speaking as a woman) The sexual freedom (enslavement to sin) that they crave is more important to them than the human children created through their unholy unions. This present society is narcicistic and selfish, believing that their own animalistic desires are not subject to the virtue of self control. That is how animals in the wild behave. We are humans!…..again, in the image of God! We have a higher calling than the beast of the wild. Or at least I hope so!
Simulated violence has become an entire game industry. Teenagers and adults spend hours of each day pretending to kill people in these recreational hobbies. All forms of entertainment today glorify violence and sex. Some are used as actual prototypes for mass shootings and sometimes sadly even rape. These deranged young men get to practice being cold-blooded killers in the comfort of their parents basements. Film director Quentin Tarantino has come to the forefront as the master of gratuitous violence, Hollywood style. Left-leaning Hollywood uses gun violence to sell us movies, yet hypocritically it whines for gun control. In their media they deliver endless samples of new and inventive ways of killing people, often with guns. In any given Tarantino movie 20 or 30 people(characters) can die within 2-3 minutes. Most die without even saying ‘ouch’. As an audience, knowing that it’s make-believe, we’ve become unfazed by it. We are desensitized. As are these young male killers. If these forms of entertainment can numb our sensibilities, imagine if you will, the sensibilities of an already mentally compromised young male.
Gun rights have been attacked in a kneejerk reaction by liberal propagandists. On the MSM 24hr news cycle, pundits proclaim that if we made new laws about guns, the problem of killing en masse would be eliminated or curtailed. New laws are for law-abiding citizens. Criminals don’t follow the law, that’s what makes them criminals. To root out evil, in our country at least, we must change the conversation to that of preserving and caring for all human life and its dignity. Life from conception to a natural death. You see, it has never really been about the guns. This is about our descending regard for human life.
For far too long we have allowed our culture to be led by the nose by liberals who offer nothing but a violent conclusion to any given problem. Human beings have been objectified in every corner of our culture. The dehumanization of others is the basis of every barbaric act by mankind that has occurred for well over five thousand years. If we want to fix this human condition, we must pierce hearts with the truth. Science is on our side on this one. The more we learn about the smallest of human beings and what they’re capable of, the further advanced our hearts will be to save them. Jesus humbled Himself to be such a tiny (human/divine) being. Jesus was an embryo conceived by the Holy Spirit. But He humbly took the form of a tiny human. (Phil. 2:8) Even then, King Herod ordered the killing of all male infants that were two years old or younger in Bethlehem. It was called the Massacre of the Innocents. Today we have Planned Parenthood doing Herod’s bidding. The killing of children is as evil and barbaric today as it was during biblical times. (The Gospel of Mathew) Life is a precious gift from God and must be cherished by all at all times. In order to truly change this world for the better, each of us must show ourselves to be lovers of Life. It can be just as contagious as anything else this world has endured. Love is contagious!
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” from the United States Declaration of Independence! These are inalienable rights that have been given to all humans by our Creator. Life being foremost in our minds because without Life the other rights are useless. Respect Life, respect yourselves, respect one another. God gave us the cure. It’s up to us. Free will and all. Ya know?!