What were the goals of rampage shooters and one of their victims?
Here is one goal Christina had. Christina Taylor Green, age 9, shoot dead in Tucson. A child who played little league baseball where all the players were boys. And had a dream to be the first woman, to play major league baseball. Recently elected to her elementary school student council. Maybe curious about politics, she arrived at a shopping center parking lot to observe her congressional representative and met a fatal end.
President Obama said this about her, “I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined.” Suggesting in his speech that the way to do that is for Americans to become better people. Which the President said, could be accomplished by talking to one another in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Obama’s remarks usually fall mostly on the ears of people, who present no danger to anyone What the President should admit, is that harsh, hurtful and oppressive work places can engage people to take violent actions. And of course, we have Obama’s leaderless and goalless wars. With Obama not even able to identify Islam collectively as the enemy. Which also contributes to senseless violence through out the United States.
So who’s at fault and what can be done about it? The fault lies at the doorstep of the church! The Apostle Paul shared this truth with us. “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill. The former preach Christ from selfish ambition not sincerely supposing to add affliction to my chains. But the latter out of love knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.” (Scriptural texts Philippians 1:15-16).
There are to many modern day churches who are into empire building. Even though they preach Christ. But their preaching of Christ is from envy lacking a realization of the chains of bondage they create upon those who follow Paul and thus know about persecutions and hardships.
More Churches need to join Paul’s latter group and it’s urgent. If America is to have a better future it’ll be because of the latter who preach the defense of the gospel with no self serving purposes and are willing to endure Paul’s chains.
From Obama, talk is talk, just that talk. But there will be plenty of action for the church to put their teeth into all the talk, that we sure will continue to hear. With most of it punitive and designed to further restrict our American liberties in regards to speech, second amendment rights and stand your ground laws.
So here’s some talk, not likely to occur, but needs to be said and acted upon. So a journey back through the corridors of time. To learn from a man, who would become the nations third president. “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath. Indeed, I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just; that his justice can’t sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson Query 18, 1781.
Sometimes, I wonder, if the succession of American presidents is in anyway associated with their awareness of God’s destiny for America. Meaning the further we get away from Washington, Adams and Jefferson the less awareness they have concerning God’s destiny for America. If so, and history suggests that is, then Mr. Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence had some accurate insights. And Americans, like Jefferson, need to tremble for their country.
On more than one occasion, I have spent a good part of the day among some rather gifted intellectual students. Observing that they had no hesitation to be dishonest or even to be discreet with their unethical behaviors. And to blatantly disrespect God, flag and country.
There was a time in America, when the Ten Commandments were prominently displayed in the nations classrooms. It was not unusual to see a Bible displayed on a teachers desk. And not! absent from that duo was the American flag. So that students could offer their pledge of allegiance to God and country. Followed by the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. But in today’s school environment the the display of the Ten Commandments, and the Bible are an observance of the past. The Lord’s Prayer has been replaced by that abominable moment of silence. And, the pledge of allegiance is slowly disappearing. With the word of the day being substituted in its place, at least in Florida’s high schools.
Who Knows? But this, we do know. It’s from Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” And this is how it works, “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell where it came and where it goes; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit,” John 3:8.
I don’t often get personal, but for this discussion it’s necessary. Decades ago with time to waste, I sat down. And noticed a booklet titled, “The Gospel of John.” I read portions from that booklet. Put it down and went my way. I attribute that occasion as being instrumental to my conversion to Jesus Christ. Thus fulfilling the scriptures of Isaiah 55:11 and John 3:8.
The answer the President is seeking, as is the nation. Will only be found with the return to prominence in America of Jesus Christ. This is what the Body of the risen Christ must strive to accomplish. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Scriptural texts:Philippians 2:10-11).