5 dead, 21 wounded in Texas.
I suspect that the reasons for the epidemic-like uptick in gun violence and school shooting are probably more like 50-100 (or maybe 1000’s) of reasons in nature.
Fear is an issue.
The greater availablity of guns is an issue.
The rise of internet insighment to radical thinking is an issue.
The alienation of teens is an issue.The breakdown of the family is an issue.
Bad rhetoric from both right and left is an issue.………..We could go on and on. And no doubt every person in the discussion would have a different spin on what is more important and deserves a higher ranking. Christians and non-Christians, I think, will have different answers. But as a follower of Christ, my question is . . .
What is a particularly Christian way of looking at these issues?
What is at the core of these issues?
What is fundamentally different between the culture of “then” versus “now”?
Thinkers like Solzenitzen and Conyers, and Malik and many others talk about the ECLIPSE OF HEAVEN, the idea that people have fundamentally changed their orientation about God and the demunition of culture is the result. The culture gets meaner, angrier, and more focused on the personal, the individual and the narcisistic. It becomes less communal, less gracious, less kind, less “looking out for the other guy” and more focused on the fueling of personal resentments and bitterness.
It reminds me of the James Adams quote:
“Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people.
…………….It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
When a country, founded like ours, not as a Christian nation, but as a nation that believed in and built its laws on a largely Judeo-Christian base, turns its back on God there will be consequence. We are seeing them played out.
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Depressing reality — I started this post after the last shooting, just two weeks ago.