Guns are not the problem.
Porn is not the problem.
Booze is not the problem.
Drugs are not the problem.
Gay marriage is not the problem.
No, my friends, something–someone–else is the problem:
We are the problem. Guns, porn, booze, drugs, gay marriage, slavery, sex trafficking are all just symptoms of a deeper issue:
It’s not for no reason that Bible calls the human heart “desperately wicked.” Just turn on the evening news, or check your news feed, for word of the latest tragedy. We can legislate and legislate and legislate until we’re blue in the face, and still not affect any real change. Because if one thing is true, it’s this: while we can force displays of compliance, we can’t mandate any change of the human heart. Those that want to will still find the means to gun others down. Those that want to will still look at porn. The same with drugs, alcohol, and all other depravities known to man.
Sin will always find a way.
Historically, prohibition wasn’t all that long ago. And we all know how well that turned out. The same with the so-called war on drugs… Fallen humanity cannot, will not, change. It’s our nature to destroy ourselves and one another. Every evil perpetrated is an extrinsic manifestation of an irrefutable intrinsic reality:
“The heart is evil and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” Yet we, in our hubris, think we can just treat symptoms and be done. All the while Cain kills Abel time and time again, because evil cannot be legislated away. “Man was born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”
Despite more and more evidence linking smoking to cancer, and tighter and tighter legislation, people don’t care and haven’t stopped smoking. Cigarettes don’t smoke themselves, Internet porn doesn’t make a person look. Guns, like any other tools, don’t operate without human intervention. Are we to outlaw cars because accidents happen? Because there’s such a thing as road rage? Ridiculous. (May as well outlaw air travel while we’re at it. Because planes crash, or can be used as weapons of mass destruction). It’s not the cars that are the problem; rather, it’s the idiots behind the wheel. What makes us so selfish that we think where we’ve got to go is so much more important than everyone else on the road?
The problem lies in the fact that in the supposedly rational West, within its prevalent humanistic worldview, there is no such thing as sin. This is why we’re always shocked by stories of violence, tragedy, depravity. Because in the rational West we believe are better than that, should know better than that.
The sad truth is that we’re not, and we don’t.
Just ask the Carpenter from Galilee, Whom we hung upon a tree for doing exactly nothing wrong. The fact is unless we–all of us–let His story take hold of us things will only continue to get worse and worse. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can affect the change that we’re looking to Washington for.
We should know better by now…
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Guns are not the problem.
A wise man once said that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That’s absolutely true.
It’s how we’ve gotten where we’re at today, with the American federal government shutdown. With one kind of health plan for the common man, and another for his congressman. Where a private business, in a building leased from the federal government, is forced to shutdown (despite not employing any government workers), but the congressional gym stays open.
This is not the America I know and love; rather, it smacks more of Orwell’s Animal Farm, where “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
The hogs slurp from their troughs in D.C., while the rest of us bear the brunt, and the cost, of their poor governance. Yet, I’m not sure who’re the bigger fools here: the politicians, who above all else-despite eloquent words to the contrary–seek only to hold onto power.
Or the numbskulls who keep electing them.
It’s said that stupidity, and insanity, bear the same definition:
Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. In other words, meet the new boss (Obama), same as the old boss. You didn’t really believe him when he crested that wave called “Hope” and “Change,” did you? Sucker.
That’s like the folks who voted for Nixon in ’68, when he campaigned on the promise of getting us out of Vietnam. Hah! (News flash: we weren’t out until the fall of Saigon).
In more recent times, there was President Bush (the first) with his (in)famous “Read my lips, no new
taxes,” and the equally obnoxious declaration by then-president Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with this woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
The point is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are well-practiced in telling us what we want to hear (read: lying). Both sides espouse the respective virtues that their reputed constituencies hold dear. While the only real agenda is, in the words of the old song, “everybody wants to rule the world.” They say (whatever) to stay (where they are).
The real skill in Washington is appearing to be all things to all people so they can keep their cushy jobs. (In other quarters this is known as hypocrisy).
And this what our forefathers fought and died for? What Lincoln termed “government of the people, for the people, by the people?” Abe is probably turning over in his grave.
Yes, the country is in a grave state. Which is why my hope is not in politics or politicians, but rather in Jesus. Although I used to consider myself a Republican, I no longer claim so. Nor am I a Democrat. I am a Christian, and that is horse of an entirely different color.
While I will render unto Caesar insofar as Caesar’s dictates do not violate God’s law, my kingdom is not of this world. I am seated in the heavenlies in Christ, my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.”
Where does your hope come from? The three-ring circus in D.C., or somewhere higher.
Choose you this day.