|The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest|
Vol: 135 Issue: 15 - Saturday, December 15, 2012
Desperately Wicked! There is no real way to process the news that another member of the human race could gun down twenty prepubescent children in cold blood. It isn't something you can understand, even though you comprehend it.
At best, we can comprehend it in the abstract -- the details are too painful to absorb without sustaining damage. Even the shooter is a walking tragedy.
It is a certainty that the media will follow the usual pattern, beginning with the standard soul-searching questions about what is wrong with America, carefully constructed to elicit the correct answer, which is that there are too many guns.
What other answer could they possibly arrive at? Certainly they aren't going to blame the very things that pay their bills, the very culture that the media has worked long and hard to help shape into what it is today.
They aren't going to blame a culture that encourages children to inform on their parents. Or a culture in which prepubescent students are required to learn about deviant sex but are forbidden by law to learn the Ten Commandments?
Instead, the argument will immediately shift away from the liberal worldview that embraces violence and death to finding some way to blame the inanimate objects used by the shooter instead of the culture that created him.
The more liberal the worldview, the more predictable the reaction. The full scope of the tragedy had not even yet been realized when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was at the podium calling for stronger gun control.
Obama's first statement was (predictably) about taking "meaningful action on guns."
And if there were a scintilla of evidence that stronger gun laws would result in less gun violence, I would be the first one to agree. But the more restrictive the gun laws, the more dangerous a place is. The two cities with the most restrictive gun laws in America are Chicago and Washington DC.
I rest my case.
But that doesn't stop the liberals from redirecting the blame for crime away from the policies they embrace, even if it means imbuing mystical powers to a manufactured object. It is like advocating the outlawing of cars as a solution for drunk driving while simultaneously extolling the virtues of drinking to excess.
Liberals believe that mankind is basically good and that human morality "evolved" for the good of the species. There is absolutely no evidence to support that contention, but liberals only tolerate evidence that supports their cause.
Both human experience and the Bible say exactly the opposite. According to the prophet Jeremiah;
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)All we can know of it is that it is DESPERATELY wicked, the Bible says. So, which worldview would you say is best supported by the evidence?
The cause of gun violence is not the availability of guns. It is the rejection of a moral code that celebrates life and family.
The traditional family unit is the basic building block of human civilization. It is the model used by God to illustrate His relationship to Israel, His relationship to the Church and the Church's relationship to the Lord Jesus.
God is the Father. Israel is pictured as His adulterous spouse. Lost Gentiles are seen as the 'children of disobedience.' Jesus is the only-begotten Son of the Father.
Our relationship to the Father is equated with that of adopted children, whereby we are entitled to cry out, "Abba" (Daddy). The Church's relationship with its Redeemer is symbolized as that of Bridegroom and Bride.
Husbands are admonished to love their wives, "even as Christ loved the Church" and wives are counselled to "submit unto their own husbands, as unto the Lord."
"For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For THIS cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. . ." (Ephesians 5:30-31)For which cause?
The Apostle Paul called the linking of the family unit to our relationship with God a "mystery" (musterion, or newly revealed truth):
"This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Ephesians 5:32)Paul says in no uncertain terms here that the purpose for marriage is to symbolize the relationship between God and redeemed mankind.
"But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death." (Proverbs 8:36)This not-so-subtle brainwashing of an entire generation is an accomplished fact; to rage against the machine is pointless. I am amused by the efforts on the Left, (particularly within the media) to deny that Hollywood movies influence violence or that Hollywood morals influence popular culture.
If that were true, then just look at the billions of dollars wasted on celebrity endorsements! Why spend all that money if they have no influence?
It is a proven fact that the consistently highest-grossing box-office winners are G-rated movies. Among the top-20 grossing films of all time are "Shrek", "E.T." "Star Wars" "Jurrasic Park" "Finding Nemo" and "The Lion King".
As the ratings go up, the receipts begin to go down; PG-13 grosses more than "R" ratings while an "X" rating is the kiss of death at the box office.
One can draw a straight line from Hollywood violence to random gun violence with a lot less difficulty than one can drawing one from the availability of guns. Guns were around a long time before Hollywood turned them into movie props.
"Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them." (Psalms 119:165)At the same time as the family unit collapses and gun control laws turn inner-cities into war zones, political correctness has turned the fear of giving offense into a genuinely risky business.
Offending a member of a visible minority can cost you in court. Offend the wrong member of the wrong minority and it could cost you your freedom. It can even cost you your life.
"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." (Matthew 24:10)Note that this prophecy is in three parts. Offense, betrayal and hatred.
"And because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)We are living in the times of the signs. The events that are transpiring all around us are not happening in a vacuum.
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:2-5)If that describes our government and media better than it describes our prison population, then soul-searching questions about how somebody could murder 20 beautiful little children have less than nothing to do with gun control and everythingto do with living in the times of the signs.
The fact that school shootings are so common that metal detectors and lockdown procedures even exist is one of the signs.
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:12-13)It is beyond my capacity for imagination to even try to understand the agony being felt by the families of the Connecticut tragedy. I pray that somehow the Lord will console them in their grief.
These are the perilous times of which the Apostle spoke. Terrible, tragic, painful times.
"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15)And may our God bless and keep and protect us and our loved ones. Until He comes.
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