Another Mass Shooting

February 16, 2018 0 Comments

What is our world coming to? The mass shooting in a school in Florida dominated the news this past week, and was one of the worst such school shootings we have ever seen. Advocates for gun control are using this incident, as they always do, to push for stricter gun laws. But is this the real problem? Or is it something far more basic--the evil heart of man and the blatant disregard for the value of human life.
Jeremiah the prophet wrote: "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?" I think we have just witnessed that "desperately wicked" description Jeremiah was talking about. Jesus told us, in Matthew 24:12, "Because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many will grow cold". Everybody is wondering: How can a kid be so "cold-hearted" as to kill so many innocent students?
But how did we become a nation that has grown so cold, so ruthlessly indifferent to the preciousness of human life? In subtle ways. Simple foundational subtle ways.
FIRST, we have permitted the wholesale slaughter of 1.5 million unborn babies every year, and chosen to defend so-called "women's rights" above the sanctity of human life. What exactly is the difference between killing a helpless unborn child and shooting a teenager in his classroom at school? Yes, we have created an atmosphere in our nation that says: innocent human life is not valuable any more.
SECOND, we are hiding known criminals in "sanctuary cities"--illegal immigrants who have committed all kinds of felonies, and instead of being deported, they are being protected so they can go out and kill innocent people. The MS-13 gangs are doing just that. The recent verdict in the case of the man who killed Kate Steinle in California has sent a signal to all illegal immigrants--you can get away with murder if you do it in California. Why, pray tell, is Kate Steinle's life less important, and less valuable, than some law breaking illegal alien's life?
THIRD, we have turned our backs on God, and the belief that man is created in the image of God. All of our founding fathers believed in a Creator who bestows upon us the right to life. Nowadays, evolutionary thinking has taken over our academic institutions, filling our kids' minds with the notion that human beings are nothing more than "accidents", or "mutations", on an evolutionary scale. When a person believes in evolution, he devalues human life, whether he realizes it or not. My Bible tells me I am valued in the sight of God, I am His creation, and I am loved by Him. Many people reading this will not see the connection between evolutionary philosophy and criminal behavior, but to me it's fairly obvious. It all comes from a basic denial that there is a spiritual, a God-relational aspect to human life.
Blaming the recent tragedy in Florida on guns is easy to do, but doesn't really deal with the underlying cause: A world-view that cheapens and devalues human life.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.