Americans are experiencing mass murder fatigue. One of the saddest outcomes of the San Bernardino shootings is that in frustration we’re turning on each other instead of on the perps. Everyone wants somebody to do something, but nobody has any great or clear ideas. A Twitter war has broken out between advocates of greater gun control and those offering “thoughts and prayers.”
The New York Daily News is ready for action. Yesterday its cover story headline read, “God Isn’t Fixing This,” and the article began, “Prayers Aren’t Working.” So it’s come to that. Prayer shaming is now what passes for thoughtful editorial policy on a major national newspaper.
It is going to be a very contentious political season. People want to know why the FBI wasn’t tracking sociopaths like Farook and Malik, the people considered to be the shooters. But some of those same people heap scorn and political pressure on government wiretaps, drones, and data gathering. President Obama and many others want more gun control.
It is a legitimate subject for intelligent debate as to whether or not assault weapons should be sold to the general public (Farook and Malik used two AR-15s in their attack and shoot-out with the police) or whether there should be more stringent background checks (Farook and Malik’s weapons were bought legally).
But is that the big answer? The pair could have entered the Inland facility and caused almost the same mayhem with just their handguns.
Mocking God and people who believe in and pray to God is not a solution—it is just the thoughtless and abusive knee jerk of people who are afraid and angry and have no use for God who doesn’t act on their script. Here are some thoughts on this sad day:
Tragedies like the San Bernadino shooting leave us all asking questions. Next week I want to help you be prepared to answer some of those questions--for yourself, other Christians, non-Christians, and for your children.
Here's what we'll be talking about next week:
Join me as we wrestle with these tough issues together.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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