Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gun control or GOD control?

Every time I open up a Word document to try and write something my fingers are frozen as if completely stuck in concrete. I know what my heart and mind are communicating to one another but getting it out on my screen has been a struggle for me. No words I put here will adequately describe the brokenness that our nation is experiencing right now. I almost feel like writing about the shootings and murders at Sandy Hook Elementary is insulting to those directly affected by it. Because truth is, there are no words even the best of writers could write to make the pain less, to make it okay or make it go away. In 10 years we will all still remember what we were doing on Friday, December 14, 2012.

Our nation, our entire world is so broken, twisted and backwards. We’ve excused God from the table like an annoying child. We’ve declared that His name isn’t needed in the pledge, our currency, our schools, our homes and most importantly our hearts. And when tragedy strikes our human side rears it’s ugly head and begins assigning blame to the crime.

This post isn’t about my personal opinion on gun control. It’s about my opinion on God Control. There is evil living in the hearts of our neighbors. Like cancer, it’s tearing away the walls of our hearts and destroying the spirit that God has placed within us. The happiness and joy God desires for us is the host and evil is the parasite that feeds on it daily. The more we deny our need for God the stronger Satan becomes at his mission to steal, kill and destroy us. Removing guns and ammunition from the shelves won’t remove the hatred and evil dwelling inside the hearts of man. We have to unite together and humble ourselves before the Lord. We have to confess our need for the One and only Savior to come down and rescue us from ourselves. We have to turn away from our pride and egos, deny our desires to be right or win an argument and fall to our knees.

The reason for the slaying in Connecticut can’t be found in Adam Lanza’s computer, or in the answers of his friends and relatives. It can only be found in his heart. His broken heart is what killed those babies and teachers, not the guns registered to his mother. When there is a will, there’s a way. If killing was his mission and placed there by the great deceiver than killings would be carried out one way or another.

Our world and nation is battling forces much stronger than political agendas. I believe that by denying God like we have as a nation we have opened so many doors and gateways for Satan to move in and fill a void with his first love, HATE. Hate comes in many shapes and forms. It is carried out with violence, broken homes, suicides, prejudice and racism and so much more. And until we arm ourselves with the word of God and His presence we are powerless to stop it and the vicious cycle of killing sprees will only continue. The innocent blood shed is saturating our world and we are sinking. Only God can save us and He will when He is invited. We must choose Him. He won’t force us into submission.

This was written by Darrell Scott, the father of a victim of the Columbine shootings.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"You change a country not merely by bolstering its laws but by transforming the hearts of its people."

My prayer is that God will calm the curiosity that dwells inside of us. Replace that desire to know WHY with the desire to know HIM. I pray His presence be Omni present to all of us and especially to the families who have to continue life without their children. I pray that Satan be rebuked in the name of Jesus and that our nation can come together in agreement that God is the only One who can save us. I pray the blood of Jesus over our country. I ask forgiveness on behalf of our nation for denying Him and His rightful place in our lives. I pray that the faces of the  lives that were taken be a constant reminder of our desperate need for You God. Lord be with us now. In Jesus name, Amen.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
Ephesians 3:17-19