Another Tragedy

Tragedy has again struck our nation. This time, a troubled teen murdered 17, and wounded many more, at a high school in Miami, Florida. I won’t mention the killer’s name, since I don’t want to give him any free advertising. I only hope Florida carries out God’s divine justice: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.”

The victims can be found here, with brief biographies of each:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article200220844.html

Inevitably, people are looking for reasons. Others are looking to give at least part of the blame to someone other than the actual killer, often to stain someone’s reputation through guilt by (loose) association.

However, it is true that these mass-shootings have accelerated since the 1980’s. Before that, there was one in 1966 and one in 1949:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/12/the-shooting-in-orlando-is-the-deadliest-mass-shooting-in-american-history/?utm_term=.ed4b2b69073d

That only lists through June of 2016, so doesn’t include last year’s Las Vegas shooting. There is one interesting quote from the story that gives us the starting point for these incidents of mass-murder:

“The Post’s fact-checkers looked at how the number of mass shooting incidents has increased steadily since the 1970s”

The 1970’s. Why after that? Well, for one thing, Abortion-on-Demand was put into effect by an unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling on January 22, 1973. The highest court in the land declared our most helpless citizens, babies in the womb, had no right to life.

When society declares that our most defenseless citizens can be killed for no reason, did no one think that would go unnoticed?? Babies began to be killed at random. Babies began to be killed by the millions.

At the same time, the Ten Commandments, with that stern “Thou shalt not kill,” were being taken from our schoolrooms and court rooms. TV shows, movies, and all society soon abounded with blood-spattered entertainment. Parents stopped taking kids to church. Spanking was seen as child abuse, despite God’s wisdom: “Spare the rod, and spoil the child.”

No discipline, no law, no God, and open season on killing babies. How could violence not increase? God sent the Flood because “the heart of man is always thinking only evil continually … even from his youth.” Abraham was advised that Ishmael would be a “wild-ass of a man,” so that as his father Abraham would enforce disciplined training on him to keep his craziness within normal bounds. Our society doesn’t do that.

The less influence God has on our society, the more violence will increase. Without the moral restraint of the Law of God, people will use their freedom as an opportunity to sin, as the Apostle writes.

Let us reach out with Christ’s message: “Repent! Believe the Gospel! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Also trust your Good Shepherd to keep His lambs safe, leading us even through the Valley of the Shadow of death, unto life everlasting and resurrection!

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