More GREAT things from my news feed. Again – I can’t take credit for this great Autism Awareness video but it was worth sharing. I love this video for multiple reasons. It’s presented in manageable, easy-to-digest bites, it’s relevant, the participants are true autistics, and they share common challenges of those of us on the […]
As the second day of the House Democrats’ gun control sit-in continues, I am wondering if we’ll have a second Civil War over this issue. I mean, the last issue people were so divided on was slavery, and we all know for generations what happened with that. I wonder, if somehow, too much passion is going toward this issue, and not enough thinking. I mean, let’s take a step back here, and examine the issue from both viewpoints. I think BOTH sides are hot headed and cold hearted, acting in their own self-interest, and that combination has always led to disaster.
Let’s look at the pro-gun side first. It boils down to one argument: allowing guns in the hands of everybody will save lives. I mean, people on this side of the aisle are reciting all the supposed mass murders that have been stopped by a single gun in the hands of the good. So, let’s ask the question: who is good enough to own such power? And is that power to take life had too much faith put in it? Yes, people are putting their faith in guns. Faith that can be better served being put in other things, like your Higher Power. Now, any reader knows I am a staunch Christian, but this is not the time or place for that. What I am saying is, people on this side have a distrust in authority, and a general feeling of powerlessness in their daily lives, so they decide to grab power through the gun. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Now, I’m not going to leave the gun control advocates unscathed. People on this side of the issue are distrustful of the gun owners, and are afraid of people who have used guns wrongly. Their faith seems to be in taking away the gun, in efforts to keep it out of the hands of those who misuse the gun. The question I must ask is: who is misusing the gun? Everybody thinks they are the good guy. Everybody wants to do the right thing. Trouble is, the “right thing” often conflicts with others’ rights, including their right to live and defend themselves from death. Most people think a government regulation and defense army is the right thing to do. What I need to ask this side is this: What is going to stop the government from taking other rights away, including the right to live? Another regulation? How can we defend our rights from being taken away without any means to do it? We will resort to crime to prevent crime. How does that make any sense?
I myself am very torn on the issue. My own right to defend myself from death, basically, on the line. DO I put my trust in government, or do I put my trust in my gun? I have no idea. Please help me. We are barreling towards a Second Civil War over this issue, the way we barreled toward Civil War over slavery. Please, educate me.
I am hearing, from the dark corners of the internet, about certain so-called Christians who are not mourning the victims of the Orlando shooting.
A quick recap: Gay nightclub shot up. 50 people dead, possibly more to come. 53 people injured. The gunman among the dead. Police waited 3 hours to storm the place.
Why are these people not mourning the victims of the Orlando shooting? Simple: they were most likely homosexuals. Yes, I agree homosexuality is a sin. I am a Bible-believing Christian. Romans 1 and 2 contains several verses you may have to cut out. Sin also separates you from God.
That being said, the victims of the Orlando shooting, even those most likely gay, are no more sinful by God’s standards than anyone else. What people forget, in their crusading against other people’s sin, is that they are just as sinful. It even feels like they are using other people’s sins to mask their own – the classic “I’m not as bad as that guy!” Scenario. The trouble is, the people pointing the finger are just as sinful, as I have said before. The standard of holiness, according to God? Absolute, sinless perfection. Ever heard the saying “Nobody’s Perfect” from anyone, anyone at all? That is the trouble. Remember, people who point the finger usually have three fingers pointing back at them. It is also similar to when Christ told of the “speck” of one sin in another’s eye, you have to make sure there is a “log” of any other sin in your own eye. That illustrates another truth: that people who are pointing out one sin are often struggling with it in one form or another.
So, let me say, according to the word of God, that the best thing to do in the case of the Orlando shooting victims is, to mourn the dead. Were they targeted for their lifestyle, their differences? Yes. Were they murdered? Yes. Is their time of mercy and grace over? Yes. Do they have a chance to go back and change their minds? Of course not-they’re dead. They have no more chances. Their lives and chances were taken from them. If you were in the nightclub and got shot, you would have had a near 50/50 chance of dying from your wounds. If they deserve to die and go to hell, so do you. But Christ, in His infinite mercy and grace, paid your price. That is all I have to say about that.
It is going to be a surprise who comes into heaven. People you thought would be there are not, and people who you thought would never be there will. Sure, sin keeps you from God, but Jesus Christ received the penalty for all, so that all may come to Him. The dead of Pulse nightclub, they never had a chance. Their chances were taken away from them. Mourn for that.