Human beings are an innately violent species.
Let us consider a few examples of gun control failing:
Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009 — That attacker shot and killed 13 innocents with a handgun he acquired after passing a background check. Moreover, he carried out his attack in a gun-free zone.
The Aurora movie theater on July 20, 2012 — The attacker acquired his gun after passing a background check, registered his gun with the state (as required) and only used 10-round magazines in his attack.
Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012 — At Sandy Hook the attacker killed 26 innocents with a rifle he had stolen from someone who acquired it via a background check. Moreover, the school in which he opened fire was a gun-free zone.
D.C. Naval Yard on Sept. 16, 2013 — Here, the attacker shot and killed 12 with a gun he acquired after passing a background check. Additionally, the area where the attack occurred was a gun-free zone.
Santa Barbara, Calif., on May 23, 2014 — In Santa Barbara, the attacker killed three innocents with a gun and stabbed three more to death with a sharp instrument. He acquired his gun after passing a background check, registered his gun with the state (as required) and only used 10-round magazines in his attack. He did this in a state with a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry, which drastically limits the number of law-abiding citizens who are permitted to be armed for self-defense.
San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015 — This time, the attackers opened fire in a county building. They carried rifles and handguns, and had acquired the handguns after passing background checks. The county building in which they opened fire was a gun-free zone.
Orlando Pulse on June 12, 2016 – The Orlando Pulse attacker carried a rifle and handgun on his person. He acquired both firearms after passing a background check, and passed a three-day waiting period for the handgun. Moreover, the nightclub was a gun-free zone.
Come Out of the Stronghold
“…Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah …” (1 Samuel 22:5).
David and his fighting men had been hiding in the cave of Adullam. He was fleeing Saul. Many of life’s down-and-out had come and joined David’s army. David was content to stay in the stronghold of safety. Then, God’s prophet came to David and told him that he must leave the stronghold and go into the land of Judah. Judah means “praise.”
When life beats down on us and we get to the place where we want to hide in a cave, God often places people around us who prod us into moving in the right direction. He does not want us to remain in the place of discouragement. He wants us to move into the land of praise.
I recall when I went through a very difficult time. It seemed to drag on and on with no change until finally I wanted to retreat to a cave and forget pressing on. It was a great time of discouragement. A godly man came to me and said, “You must keep moving! There are too many who are depending on you in the Kingdom.”
I didn’t totally understand what he meant at the time. Now I know he was saying that God is preparing each of us to be the vessel He wants to use in the life of another person, but we will never be that vessel if we give up and hide in our cave of discouragement. Not only must we keep moving, we must move into a new realm. Our attitude must move from discouragement to praise.
“He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners – to comfort all who mourn. … a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor” (Isa 61:1-3).
It is only when we move past discouragement to praise that we begin living above our problems. Make a decision today to go into the land of Judah.
Faithfulness and perseverance
For reading & meditation — Luke 8:4-15
“… those … who hear the word … and by perseverance produce a crop.” (v.15)
Maybe a repeat…..Oh well..