The Sunday Message

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week the lives of 17 people were taken in a mass shooting. There were 14 students and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There are several others who were injured.

Families are now making plans for the funerals of those who died.

I think in regard to mass shootings my heart broke after hearing about the gunman killing 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That was in 2012. How could anyone do this to these sweet children?

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We Are Numb

The headline kind of said it all: “Has America become numb to tragedy?”

Sadly, that headline was from an NBC News website in 2009 after a mass shooting.

The mass shootings and killings just seem to pile up here in the good ol’ USA. We can’t even keep track of them, unless it happened to someone or somewhere close to us.

Here we are in 2017, CBS News asked basically the same question, “Are Americans becoming ‘numb’ to mass shootings?”

The answer is yes.

To be quite honest, the latest mass killing at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, got to me. While I don’t know any of the 26 who were murdered I’ve attended small-town churches in my life and the thought that someone could walk in and start killing people in their house of worship sickens me. It makes me sad for our country.

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Tuesday Commentary: Las Vegas

Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. – Claire McCaskill

I’m skipping my normal Tuesday column, “Terrific News Tuesday” to comment about the shooting Las Vegas.

We saw plenty of “thoughts and prayers” comments and posts after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The President even took time out to talk about it Monday morning. He’s even going to visit Las Vegas this week because that is what Presidents do.

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The Sunday Message

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

It’s pretty normal when there’s a tragedy to say or maybe even post on Twitter or Facebook that our “thoughts and prayers” are with (or go out to) those affected.

I’m guilty of saying and writing it. I’m guilty of asking God to comfort those in the situation.

That’s what Christians do. It’s what we believe.

That does not mean that is all that should be done.

After the mass shooting in California this week, the New York Daily News posted a message on their front page that stated, “God Isn’t Fixing This.” See it HERE.

I don’t think they know the power of my God.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut posted the following message on Twitter after the shooting in California:

Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.

Murphy represents Connecticut where the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. That’s where 20 children and 6 adult staff members were killed. Although that mass shooting happened in 2012, I still find it hard to believe that someone would kill children. I find it hard to believe that someone could walk into a room and start shooting people – people that they don’t even know.

That evil hatred and killing breaks my heart.

Murphy is partially right in his Twitter statement. We should all come together to take steps (whatever they might be) to stop the carnage.

But Murphy is partially wrong about our prayers being “for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.”

We should always pray. We all fall short on the Christianity scale so we should pray to be better Christians. We should pray that our country finds a way to stop the senseless killings and that we respect life more.

We need more prayer.

Our religious leaders from all faiths should take a day to do nothing but pray for our country. We should open the churches across the nation for people to stop in and pray for our country. Every church during their services should devote time to pray for our country. There’s evil lurking in every corner. Prayer can help.

I prayed for those affected by the San Bernardino shooting. I prayed for those affected by the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado. I prayed for our President and Congress. I pray for our first responders. I pray for our military.

The truth is I don’t pray as much as I should.

We need a prayer revival all across the fruited plains. God can fix this…

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