Monday, December 17, 2012

Broken Heart. Broken Culture?

Hearts are broken in Newtown, Conn. and other communities across the nation, following the shootings and killings in several cities.

It was a normal Friday in Newtown, just over a week before Christmas. Pastor Greg Laurie, who knows the sorrow of loosing a son said, "It's Christmas time. Parents bundle up their children another day for school before Christmas vacation starts, there's shopping to do, errands to run before they pick them up."

Broken hearts. A day that will never be forgotten.

Greg Laurie's Harvest Christian Fellowship, Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Association, along with other Christian ministries, immediately sent Christian counselors to help the grieving.

Christian ministry organizations have a history of being among the first to arrive at tragic events---storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and even wars, wherever they occur in the world.

Franklin Graham said Friday, "Senseless killings like the one we've seen today in Newtown Conn., leave us stunned and looking for answers..."


Looking for answers.

Many are looking for answers, while some seek to exploit this tragic moment.

Franklin said, "The Bible tells us the human heart is 'wicked' and 'who can know it'."

Indeed.

As Christian ministries and their leaders gather in Newtown, Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, and Chicago as a result of shootings over the past few days, the secular left has quickly politicized the moment, seizing what they see as an opportunity to advance their gun control agenda, with A/G Eric Holder, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, secular progressive lawmakers and even the President raising the issue, even before families have been able to bury their dead.

Despicable.

This is not the time.

Please let the broken, grieving families weep and bury their dead.

Local Newtown Pastor Rocky Veach says "I think its indicative of the condition of our culture in this nation that this kind of thing continues to happen."

Indeed. I'll write more on that later.

It was pastor and author Max Lucado who perhaps spoke most poignantly to the moment, through this prayer he wrote specifically for those who are grieving:

Dear Jesus,

It's a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off…"

He continued, "Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence…"

He concluded, "This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.
Hopefully,
Your Children"

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Thankful. Be Blessed.

17 comments:

  1. You are wrong. The nation needs to grieve, but we also need to heel by taking action. This is exactly the time to work on preventing further massacres like this. That is not despicable. Despicable is protecting our insane gun laws that result in tragedies like this. I just don't see it high on Jesus' priority list to ensure that I can buy an assault rifle. Remember, when the 2nd amendment was drafted, it took 15 seconds to reload a musket.

    It appears that this might be a tipping point for public opinion. A recent survey shows that 51% now favor outlawing semi-automatics. Good. That's what needs to be done.

    Australia did it. It wasn't easy, but it worked.

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    1. sorry, should have written "heal"

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    2. Not really , seen enough of the gun advocates and those who want to legislate against them . This is not the time for either .

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  2. With extensive media help the shooting made a nobody into a somebody. I suggest that if the media focused almost exclusively on the victims and their families and left the nobody as a virtual nobody it might make fewer nobodies seek fame the same way.

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  3. Check out Joe Scarborough's opening monologue this morning. When a Republican in Congress, he had the highest NRA rating, but he says this changes everything. He says it's now time to protect the children.

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  4. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Children are gunned down there every week. Our culture is sick to its core. The antidote is found in found in Jesus Christ. Until our nation returns to Him, completely and without compromising with our sick culture, we will not have peace. It will be guns, explosives, poison - whatever evil the heart can concieve. The violence used against the innocents in daily slaughter of the unborn is spilling out of Planned Parenthood and into our schools, malls and movie theaters. We must repent.

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    1. Australia banned semi-automatics and pump action. While overall gun violence didn't go down, mass killings stopped. That alone would be worth it.

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    2. Just wondering how one would go about recovering semi-automatics from the gang bangers and other criminals? Chicago even outlawed hand guns and you can see what a dismal failure that has been in saving lives. And mass killings can be accomplished in a multitude of ways, including suicide bombings and dispersing chemical agents into train stations (Japan). I am sympathetic with the desire to come up with a solution to the madness, but gun laws aren't going to do it. Fallen man cannot save himself from evil impulses. And undergirding the explosion of violence in this country is abortion. 4000 children are legally slaughtered every day in this country. Do we really think we can condone, and even promote, that violence against children, but somehow it won't affect children outside the womb? How about we begin by outlawing the killing instruments of the abortionist?

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    3. Gang bangers and other criminals aren't the ones shooting up schools and theaters. The ones doing it are lone wolf mental cases usually acquiring the weapons at last minute from legal sources or stealing them from someone who acquired them legally. This is why banning semi-automatics actually did work at stopping mass killings when Australia did it. Tracking bullets would help too since they usually acquire their stock pile in a hurry.

      Sure, there are potentially a lot of ways to do mass killings, but this is the way they are doing it, so let's work on this issue and address the others if they actually become an issue.

      We don't all agree that abortion is murder, but we do have consensus that shooting 1st graders is.

      You might believe gun laws can't solve mass killings, but the fact is that they HAVE done it in other countries.

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  5. Gary, we agree on many things, but on this occasion I must differ. The families will be mourning long after the bodies are laid to rest.
    If we don't address the proliferation of assault-type weapons, which you don't need to hunt an elk, only a human, we will continue to see these events happen. No one needs a 30 round banana clip to hunt deer, no one needs a conversion kit to make a rifle fully automatic.

    I in no way advocate for the banning of all firearms. If someone at that school was armed, a guard or the principle perhaps, this could've been stopped in its tracks

    These incidents won't stop because men's heart's are desperately wicked, who can know them. Whether it's a fertilizer bomb or a samarai sword, those determined to kill will find a way. Unfortunately we can't change the human heart, only God can do that.

    We do need common sense laws and we need them yesterday.

    Craig in Lacey

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  6. Maybe a good start would be praying for our leaders and President for wisdom . Perhaps the culture of today is looking too much for political solutions that really have to do with a heart problem .

    Maybe a good place to start is to realize we are not the nation we were or some thought we were . From the schools my kids attended , and the local blogs in my community , God , Christians , and the Love of Christ are just seen as political mandates that put on other others.

    I think a good thing I have heard is for our Congress to actually set up a commisssion of sorts to find real answers.

    Have to think mental illness has got to be in there . We allow so many people to die of coldness and illness every year , they die with their "rights" on . Almost impossible to commit a mentally ill person against their will , and once committed we do not have a real system to take care of them .

    The mentally ill need to be safe from themselves and we need to make them safe for us .

    Was glad to see the president speak of God at the prayer virgil , he acknowledged the evil that did this , and I believe just perhaps God is seen as something that is Good in our culture byb all of us when we do not use him for political answers , someone to go to when their is the total unexplainable evil like this act. Christians need to reach this world to share that love that we go to Him in in all times .

    But skip with the gun politics , let them bury the kids first . pray for the familes.

    Mick

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  7. I think some are missing Gary's point. I don't see where he is advocating for or against gun control of any kind. He is advocating that the far left, many of whom are committed to a complete ban on guns have jumped on this as an opportunity to push their agenda. He is saying can't the President and his colleagues wait untill the children have been buried before making it a political issue. Yes, the grief in the families that lost children will go on long after the burial, but don't the families deserve a few days of respect? I totally agree with Gary.

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    1. "Never let a crisis go to waste"
      Those with an agenda are exploiting this tragedy.

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  8. 1. Check to see if you can pin it on a political foe such as the Tea Party.
    2. Be the first to claim we need to outlaw guns despite what the Constitution claims.
    3. Try to rewrite the Constitution by interpretation.
    4. Blame evil on the instrument used not on a dying society, not on evil movies or video games, or on banning God from society.

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  9. Since promoting assault weapons is now a Judeo-Christian value, I guess it's just a matter of time until Jesus becomes a spokesperson for Bushmaster.

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  10. ”This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” -Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany

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  11. 9:43 Where do you find promoting assault weapons on this site. Certainly Gary is not promoting them. He is asking that people, including the President lay off with their politicizing the death of these children and adults at least until their families have buried them. No where do I see the promotion of assault weapons here. I see a committment to preserving freedom, not promoting weapons of any kind. You are seeing what you want to think, not what is actually being said.

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