Somebody: do something…
Unless you live in Broward County, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have never crossed your mind. But, since last week, the public high school has become a national flashpoint for an ongoing political debate. The cry for action is emotionally charged: Somebody: do something…
In crisis, everyone moves into natural response mode. Politicians give speeches; Presidents tweet; members of Congress propose legislation; law enforcement professionals expose security flaws and suggest strategies; Students plan protests and call for action. Somebody: do something…
In the face of tragedy, there is a strata of citizenry that runs across the matrix of all of the aforementioned polarized positions: self-professed Christians. If faith is more than a demographic – if the Christian faith gives us access to truth that is sourced in God and foundational in providing understanding for the most unthinkable crisis – then finding some basis for the disruptions of life in what we deem a “civilized society” is the believer’s default.
The question is resonating: why did Nikolas Jacob Cruz walk onto the campus of his former school with an AR-15 rifle and kill 17 people? And, more urgently: how can we keep it from ever happening again? Somebody: do something…
Regarding the “why” question: here is some background that applies to this malestrom that must be understood:
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5).
“He did evil, because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14).
“For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the Lord; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.” (Isaiah 32:6).
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person…” (Matthew 15:18-20).
In the space of a tweet, here’s the truth: the unredeemed heart is evil; it looks away from God, who is holy. A society that elevates adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander will be an environment that fosters murder. When faith in Jesus Christ is called “mental illness” by talk show hosts while Christian Clubs – and Bibles – are banned on school campuses, lone gunmen will come in their place. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” (Isaiah 5:20).
Somebody: do something. “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure – you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:9-10).
Christians: why not propose God – and, holiness – as the solution?