The Heart of the Matter

APTOPIX Connecticut School Shooting  It was my intention to make my appearance back on this blog with a far different subject in mind; but the events of today are horrific and heartbreaking–two words that do not even begin to express what has occurred, nor does it do justice to the anguish one can only imagine being felt by numerous people today–so much so that it is hard to write about without feeling guilty of trivializing it or making it into a political or ideological platform.  However, we live in a real world, a world of real tragedy, of death, of evil, and it is not helpful to push worldview and religion to the background when times like this arise.  If anything they ought to be as active as ever.  Our worldview is the Gospel, it is the truth of God’s word, the comfort and hope found in Christ, and it is this worldview that people need now as much as ever; it is the only true solution to the evil in this world.  If we ignore that fact, we will inevitably ignore the true problem, wonder what types of laws or restrictions we should enact, or try to make a victim out of the murderer, and we will find ourselves in a similar situation before long.

Here are a few thoughts when considering this day:

One, evil is real.  This is nothing new to those with a biblical perspective.  But it is a reality that has been undermined, especially in recent times, by atheists, secularists, evolutionists, philosophers, and college professors.  In the immediate wake of the event no one will admit that the reason to believe this act is wrong is because it does not bring the most happiness to the most amount of people, or that it is not beneficial to society; likely they will agree that such an act is evil.  But give it time, and in order to uphold a worldview devoid of true morality and objective evil the event will be trivialized.  Then when the event occurs again they’ll begin to ask the question “why does this happen?” all the while touting a view that life has no inherent value, God is dead, and morality is an opinion.

Two, gun control is not the solution; it is a misguided attempt to curb the violence, all the while ignoring the true problem…the hearts of men.  I’ve heard the arguments, I partially understand the knee-jerk reaction, but I do not believe this is the right direction–and not just because I think guns are fun to shoot, or that they are good for protection–the issue runs deeper.  Humanity has a tendency to ignore the real problems when issues like this arise, let me prove this by example: if a man struggles with pornography, we immediately rationalize that all computers, magazines, and temptations should be removed in order to bridle his desires.  This, we think, should solve the problem entirely; if all temptations are removed then the man will no longer have the desire.  Yet, there is a subtle flaw in the thinking, it does not deal with the heart.  You can remove all temptations–and this is usually a good thing–but if you do not deal with the root problem, that man will find a way if perversion and sexual immorality is in his heart.  If we do not deal with the heart problem (i.e. hatred and a murderous heart, as is the case today) by means of the Gospel, then we can enact all of the gun laws and restrictions in the world, it will not stop the evil.

Three, men are not “good” deep down in their hearts.  Liberals and humanists function, in many ways, on the misguided dogma that most people are naturally good; Christians, especially of the Calvinist persuasion, have long held the opposite view (Gen 6:5).  We’ve been shocked in recent years–and months–by scandals of pedophilia in the Catholic Church or on college universities, mass murders in movie theaters and schools, and terrorist attacks around the world; but the mantra goes on, “people are naturally good.”  A rejection of God’s word has ingrained in us a false understanding of the human condition, and it has proven, time and again, to be a dangerous thing.  Thus, when things like this arise, we do what has been described in the point above, we place the evil on the guns, upbringing, and influences (rock music, etc) rather than in the person’s heart.  I hope you’re beginning to understand what the point of this blog post is: that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer to the evil of the world.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” -1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (emphasis mine)

Fourth, hypocrisy and inconsistency are the fatal flaws of this nation.  Today 20 children were murdered, and the president had this to say, “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old…they had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”  Over the last 40 years millions of unborn children have been murdered, and he had this to say about the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, “we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters…I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.”  In America we have a defect, and it is this: we mourn over the loss of life at an elementary school (and rightfully so) while we rejoice over a woman’s right to “choose” to murder her developing baby, that “had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, etc.”

Last, God is in control.  We mustn’t relegate God’s sovereignty to the realm of things we perceive as good events.  As unpopular as it is to say, God has purposes beyond ours, He is in control; it is because of this reality that we are able to offer up prayers to Him for those affected by this terrible ordeal.  We, as Christians, do not send out a trite or disingenuous cliche when we say “our prayers go out to these families.”  We believe in a God that is able to give comfort to the brokenhearted, hope to the lost, and is able to heal wounds that we could never heal by our human efforts.

Let us pray. To the God who hears,

Soli Deo Gloria,

Jon

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~ by TSL on December 14, 2012.

One Response to “The Heart of the Matter”

  1. […] the womb each day are truly human (as much so as the children of Sandy Hook).  As I pointed out in my last note, we as a country have a seriously flawed outlook on things: we mourn the loss of 20 young lives […]

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