When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
- Mark 13:7
“In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings, on average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun.”
“Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data,”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, in a tweet
On Sunday afternoon, I was bothered by all the violence. Already, one political party was condemning hate, hate crimes and white supremacy. The other political party was condemning the guns, as if they fire without anyone pulling the trigger. They were all getting their pictures in the spotlight while the victims and their families disappeared, forgotten.
The quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson caused such a social media upheaval that he later apologized. His final statement is so true. If we looked at those things that continuously cause death and have the same excitement and fervor (not two shootings in less than a day, totally forgetting the shooting not long ago in California), the world would be a better place, but we do respond to spectacle instead of truth (as he said, ‘data’. Forgive him; he’s a scientist.).
But my mind went in another direction. I wrote last week about smartphones and not-so-smart people. I wrote about people who do not use their brains while driving. Why?
The same reason that we cannot fix the gun violence in this country. When we think that we can get away with it, we run stop signs and stop lights. We are Americans. We think that we are safe driving ten miles per hour above the maximum allowable speed. And then a policeman passes us, without the lights flashing, going even faster. I have heard of some people who sample food in the produce area of the grocery store, eating an entire veggie meal. I could go on in every walk of life from thumbs on scales at the butcher shop to adding a few dollars, just for giggles, to a sales proposal. We cut corners and test the water outside the legal zone.
We are Americans. We are independent thinkers. We think as individuals and not en masse.
If you take away a crazy person’s gun, he or she will find a different method to make their statement and cause people to die.
I also wrote last week about how Americans seem to misunderstand the Declaration of Independence. It is not that we have a right to happiness. We have a right to pursue happiness. We have a right to the “American Dream” if that really exists anymore. And maybe that is a source of the anxiety gripping our nation. Has the dream turned into a nightmare? I know it has for far too many.
Yet, by removing God from our public speech, we have removed the only way to Joy. I could tell a joke and happiness might ensue for a few minutes. But Joy lasts forever, and it only comes from God.
So, as you see someone call for gun control, condemnation of white supremacy, condemnation of hate and hate crimes, just remember that they are making political statements to push forward man’s ideas in a world that ignores the true source of Peace, Joy, and Love. The true remedy for the violence is a return to Jesus.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.