Throughout my time writing all of the articles I have written, I have expressed that the solution to pretty much all of life’s problems is to have faith in the Lord, who is in control of all things. That isn’t to say that turning to Christianity will make all your debt disappear or make you more money, but that is to say that Christ can be a magnificent source of comfort for the distressed, and going beyond that, can serve as a fantastic example of great moral character for people to follow.
And in the wake of mass shootings becoming fairly regular (not quite as much as people think and claim, but they are certainly more regular than they used to be), I have explained that a large part of the reason why these things happen with such frequency is that we no longer have a moral center and we live in a post-Christian America.
Guns have been around for centuries. And yet, mass shootings were far less prevalent decades ago. So no one can realistically claim that guns are the reason for shootings because there largely didn’t use to be anywhere near as many. They still happened, but were considerably less frequent.
So when a shooting happens, the biggest culprits that I can see are both mental health issues and the lack of a moral center in this country. And it appears as though Oprah Winfrey agrees with me on this.
Oprah was on her way to debuting her new show, “David Makes Man”, when “Extra TV” reporter Renee Bargh asked Winfrey what she thought of the shootings and what was the cause for all of this violence. Oprah replied: “I think what people are missing is a core moral center. Churches used to do that… It was a central place you could come to and there was a core center of values about a way of living and being in the world. Until we can return to that, however that is, in whatever form, we will continue to be lost.”
I was rather surprised to hear this coming from Oprah Winfrey of all people. With her being a notoriously Left-wing celebrity, I didn’t think she would resonate with anything regarding the church or Christianity. The fact that she has argued that you can be a Christian and a supporter of gay rights or abortion makes me think she really wasn’t a Christian at all.
But regardless, what she said is actually spot-on and perfectly right. The lack of Christ in people’s hearts leads them to evil. That isn’t to say Christians can’t do evil. We are all sinners and sin is evil, so Christians can, in fact, do evil. However, no Christian who understands what it means to be a Christian would ever commit such a heinous crime as a mass shooting or even a murder that wasn’t in self-defense. And as we live in a post-Christian America, seeing all of these shootings and all of this evil take place makes sense.
We have taken God out of our schools and out of our lives; God and His Word are relentlessly mocked as either being a “crutch” for unintelligent or weak people or being a bunch of nonsense and crazy stuff, or legends at best. Following that, morality was changed from objective, God-centered truth to subjective, society- and individual-centered belief. Unsurprisingly, this has led people to decide what is moral in their own eyes and according to what they believe and to attempt to argue against it is, ironically, considered morally wrong.
Because who are you to judge someone’s actions and preferences? Who are you to decide what is right and wrong for someone else? What people fail to realize here is that these questions wouldn’t even be asked if God were still a part of people’s lives because they would know just who judges people’s actions and preferences and who decides what is right and wrong.
But in this (seemingly successful) attempt to make morality subjective, the flood gates of evil and immorality are opened. It’s why we have had the sort of political path we’ve seen as of late. For decades, people have tried to argue that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Taking God out of people’s lives, starting from the schools, has allowed for the restructuring of what is considered “moral”. In today’s age, people adamantly argue there is really nothing wrong with being gay, with being transgender, with having sex before or even outside of marriage, and we are beginning to see more people argue that there is nothing wrong with having sex with a child or having your child be transgender at the age of THREE.
To argue against such lunacy brands YOU as the bad guy and the immoral one. So in all of this redefining of morality, you find people who commit mass murders and shootings more and more often. One of the things that have been deemed as moral is to allow for women to kill their own unborn children for any given reason. In this, life becomes utterly meaningless, and people find a “justifiable” reason in their minds to kill someone else as a result. “If life in the womb is meaningless, why would life outside it be meaningful?” is what people subsequently ask.
And before you try and tell me that murder has been around for far longer than abortions have, allow me to reiterate my overall point: THOSE THINGS ARE IMMORAL! Yes, murder was around long before abortion. Both are immoral and an abomination. What I’m saying is that abortion gives some people license to go out and kill others through the same sort of logic. Life is now meaningless, so who cares if people are shot and killed?
But of course, abortion isn’t the only thing to blame for this. The idea that we are all one massive cosmic accident (despite how utterly illogical that is) and that we are descendants of apes with no predetermined destiny or purpose for living also gives way for people to rationalize murder because life doesn’t ultimately matter.
All of these things come from taking God out of people’s lives, beginning in school. God is the arbiter for morality. Having created everything and being holy, holy, holy, He is the only being capable of determining what is moral. But if you eliminate God in people’s lives and leave them to determine was is moral for themselves, you get what we are currently seeing: evil running amok.
From men forcing women to wax their genitals to parents allowing their children to dress in drag and dance in front of grown men to justifying the murder of the unborn to even rationalizing and justifying a Hollywood movie about hunting down and killing people who disagree with you, when you take God out of a country’s soul, that soul begins to decay rapidly.
I believe I have said this before, but if there’s one thing I can agree with Joe Biden on is that we are definitely in a fight for this country’s soul. We are fighting for the country’s soul to belong to God while the Left is fighting for this country’s soul to belong to Satan. So like Oprah said, until we can find God once again, until we repent of our sins as a nation and beg for God’s blessings once again, we will be lost and vulnerable to the Devil.
These sorts of tragedies will continue happening until we return to the Lord as a country. No amount of gun control or mental health laws or red flag laws (which can easily be exploited, so unless there is a way to keep that from happening and keep it from targeting law-abiding gun owners, Christians and conservatives, red flag laws are a terrible idea, in my opinion) will fix this. Even CNN admitted that stronger background checks wouldn’t have stopped either the El Paso or the Dayton shooters from doing what they did, so that isn’t a solution either.
The solution, as with many other problems, is having faith in the Lord. We have seen what happened to the nation of Israel in times when it was faithful to the Lord – times of great victory and dominance over opposition – and when it was not faithful to the Lord – defeat after defeat at the hands of the enemy. No nation whose back is turned to the Lord will be blessed by Him. Our nation has been richly blessed by Him precisely because we had been faithful to Him, having slogans like “In God We Trust” and “God Bless America” and “One Nation, Under God” in our pledge of allegiance. But in recent time, all of those things have been attacked in one way or another, leading our nation to turn its back to God.
We cannot rightly ask God to bless this country when we have our backs to Him in such a way. So as a result, God brings curses to our country in various different forms, including these shootings and plenty of other things.
Until we return to being One Nation Under God – until we can Make America God’s Again – we will only continue to see such evil occurring as often as it is, perhaps even more so. I just pray that we do, one day, return to the Lord as a nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
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