Thursday, February 22, 2018

This post is actually a reply to my Gun Violence post. I'm putting it here because it refuses to post as a comment. Thank you for taking the time for your well-written reply. Over the years, many people have told me when God made me He broke the mold :).

One of the great things about the world God has created is that He has made individuals unique. As I recently read, God broke the mold after He created each one of us. There can never be another who is the exact same. Let me say this is an excellent read and very thought provoking. Obviously, there are things that people will agree with and disagree with. I'll just hit on a few things that speak to me.

1) It is extremely sad to see how unaware "modern" society has gone to distance itself from our Heavenly Father. I believe that society has put the awareness of our Savior aside in order to justify their own misdeeds; and yet they keep Him close enough to be able to call on Him when they need something or catastrophe strikes. If children and adults alike were to be brought up and nurtured in the Gospel rather that in the "participant trophy" easily offended day in which we live, things would be SO much different. It would be phenomenal to go out into the world every day and easily feel God's presence with every contact we have. Unfortunately, it won't happen because "the days are evil."

2) Something certainly has to be done to address all of the violence occuring in our schools (not to mention in addition to drug use, pornography, and all other sinful activity that is dragging our society down). It should have been more adequately addressed a long time ago. I honestly believe that things will only continue to get worse until the Lord returns on that white horse to recreate the world. The day is getting closer. Every creature is important to God and it would be foolish to sit idly by and do nothing while we wait for the Lord's return. We have to at least try.

3) How to try is the issue. Everyone has their own "perfect answer" which can, and will, be met with hesitation. In Psalm 82:3-4, we are told to "Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." The ultimate question is how to do this without stripping people of their rights and putting additional people into danger. Someone somewhere is going to have to make that decision. I hope they are a believer who will consult the Creator of All to direct their paths before announcing a decision that will affect so many people.

4) In closing, I am a gun owner. I carry it when, and where, I am permitted. I personally would like to see more security in schools. It's factual that the overwhelming vast majority of mass shootings occur in gun free zones. As it is beginning to come to light, there are so many issues with coordination of the current investigative, reporting, and mental health areas that we cannot get an accurate picture of how well the current system and laws work because they are just being blown off and "oops" is said when something happens. There are stories going around the internet (which all have to be taken with a grain of salt) that talk about how many times the army, FBI, and others have failed to communicate effectively to prevent incidents from happening. Only the Lord knows how things would be different if things were handled better and events were hopefully stopped before they could happen. Until a better means of communication and accountability are put into place, we cannot, and should not, be judging what laws already in place are, or aren't enough. 

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