When People Use Guns to Harm

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I don't know what to say when things like the Las Vegas shooting happen. I'm afraid my heart has become callous in an attempt to cope with the onslaught of bad news. Really, really horrible news that comes far too often.

I don't know what to say other than, why am I surprised? Why are we surprised when people commit horrific acts of violence? Why do we think characters like Hitler and Lenin are so rare, when there are smaller Hitlers all over the face of the earth and when you and I have just as much potential to do these things as anyone else?

This thought scares me - I could be that shooter. Were it not for the grace of God, I could just as easily have pulled that trigger.

"But no," some might object. "You had a good upbringing in a loving family. You don't have a psychopathic mental illness. You don't stock up guns. You're not a 'lone wolf'."

Again, I ask, why? Why am I where I am today? Is it because I could control my mind and whatever trauma or hormonal imbalance causes such mental illness? No. Is it because my parents could control every narrative or influence I had access to? No. Is it because I had any say in the relatively affluent, conservative, family-friendly part of the world in which I was born? No.

No one determines into what family or part of the world or belief system they're born. Only Almighty God does that. And by His grace, I am not a shooter.

Humans are not basically good. The Bible describes very accurately the default position of the human heart: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9, ESV, emphasis mine

Except for Jesus, there go I. This is the Good News - that we do not all have to be bound for wickedness. The first response to the Good News is repentance - recognizing that we are not naturally pure of heart, that we are prone to unjust, unkind behavior, and it is entirely our own fault - not that of society, our family, or anyone else.

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15

The same Man who spoke those words died the death a mass shooter deserves so that all of us who are inherently prone to such evil can be set free from the path to wickedness and set on the path of abundant, eternal life.

Will you turn away from your hard heart and believe in the only One who can save you from yourself? Please, I beg you, do so before it is too late.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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