Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another School Shooting. Why?

I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27 (NLT)

Another school shooting. 17 dead. I hate the need to say ‘another’. It’s so distressing.

The analysts will talk about access to guns, video games and TV shows that desensitize us to killing, social media that leaves us isolated and depressed, broken families, stress, and a slew of other valid problems.

It’s extremely complicated, but I would also propose a lack of religious education. Not faith necessarily, but education. Faith may or may not develop as we learn about God. But many of our youth have not been taught the sanctity of life, the practice of forgiveness, the hope for a better future, or the idea that we’re not alone in our struggles.

Are we modeling forgiveness? Speaking words of hope? Telling them about a good God who loves each and every person? Reassuring them that our powerful God has a plan for the world? Attending church?

Christianity isn’t merely a set of morals and the church is not merely a service organization. However, being part of a faith community teaches us to be like Jesus. That alone is a worthwhile message and we can pray that personal belief in His sacrifice and resurrection will follow.

Nothing is too hard for God. He can redeem our society. And He will, if we turn to Him.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 9:14

God can redeem our society, and He will, if we turn to Him. (tweet this)

#SeedsofScripture #forgiveness #hope #turntoGod

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