“For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household…” 1 Peter 4:17
Another mass-shooting has occurred, so let the finger-pointing begin.
James Dobson blames abortion and homosexuality. Mike Huckabee blames the lack of state-enforced prayer. Democrats blame the lack of gun laws, and Republicans blame violent video games.
Dobson has an inconsistent view of judgment. Since God’s judgment begins with the church (1 Peter 4:17), Dobson should have mentioned this when shooters killed worshippers in Atlanta and Illinois. Huckabee’s remarks do not explain why shooters kill in shopping malls, movie theaters and churches. Let’s get prayer back in the churches???
Gun laws will work about as well as marijuana criminalization: legislation will not eliminate guns, it will only create underground crime. Violence in mass media can desensitize us to violence, but the above argument against gun laws apply here: censorship of violent media will also create an underground market.
If Christians truly believe the Gospel, we know that at the core lies a sin problem:
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:15-18)
Remembering 1 Peter 4:17, the Church should clean its own house before pointing fingers at others. Have we been a shining example of a righteous and peaceful society? Have we reached out to our neighborhoods with the love of Jesus Christ, who died to remove our violent sin nature? Have we actively opposed societal evil in all of its forms, or do we avoid doing so because it’s too costly or not convenient?
Let’s start with these questions before blaming gays, government and video games.