The recent rash of school shootings has caused many a soul to hurt quite deeply, and has personally left me reflecting deeply on the issues surrounding such horrible situations of young men and women killing others, and then themselves. I have oft wondered why such things could happen, beyond a simple explanation that “sin is in our world.” I understand the basics of the issue, but it is so much more complex. What kind of sin, what causes this horrible sin, and how can these killings be avoided? We’re going to look at three reasons for situations such as these: the destruction of the family, the destruction of purpose, and the destruction of passion.
Ever since Columbine we have seen many school massacres and killing sprees, all quite similar – an armed criminal enters the school, shoots students before finally taking his own life. These horrendous acts leave us chilled in our souls, and left to wonder how such a thing could happen, and how one human being could become so hard and so cold as to take the life of others as well as his own. What, in a broad sense, are the reasons behind acts such as these?
Some may contend that the crux of the issue is that we as Americans have no value of human life. Abortion is rampant, murder is not punished by death, euthanasia is becoming more acceptable. The family system, which has its place in human value, has been destroyed. As Americans, we see that since the family has been destroyed, we have no support structure, and men and women have nothing to live for. Homosexuality and other sexual sin pervades our society. No one is a person, he is just an animal made for pleasure for himself and for others to enjoy. Not only that, but evolution has convoluted our understanding of who man is, due to the fact that we no longer believe in God, therefore the statement that “what we believe in God is the most important thing about us” is proven true. When we believe nothing, nothing is wrong.
Who is God?
There is no God, no purpose, no meaning, no reason to live. Therefore, there is no reason to live to please another being. There is no reason to live to glorify a creator. There is no reason for respect of creation. There is a denial of the fact that we are all innately sinful, therefore everyone is disappointed at what they see in the world. The interesting thing about the belief that we are all innately good is that, when we are disappointed, others look at that and say that we just have a wrong definition of “good.” There are different definitions of good, and all are equally valid. Once tolerance seeps in, morality is destroyed, and the destruction of passion creeps into our lives.
The opposite of passion is apathy, which is a “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” Apathy is what so many people in our nation have today – in contrast to many others in our world who are dying for what they believe in. They search for something to die for, but they cannot find it. They attempt to find their purpose in everything but in God and in the glorious gospel, and in doing so, they destroy morality – they believe that perhaps they can just “be good,” yet without the gospel they only see themselves falling short with no hope. At this point, tolerance jumps to the forefront of our thoughts, leading not to promotion of people’s reason to live, but rather demoting their belief’s. There is no reason to believe wholeheartedly something that could be false. There is no reason to live with a passion in something that you only halfway believe.
And that is America today. A land with a destroyed family system, a destruction of purpose, of God, and of morality, and lack of passion. We are an apathetic land.
The question for us is “how are we to fix this problem?” How can we change a nation? We can’t. Only God can. But we can come before God, asking him to bring us out of apathy, asking him to change and regenerate our lives. Perhaps it is “becoming rebelutionary” and finally “living a regenerate life.” Perhaps it is finally getting back to daily devotions, time with God, each and every day. Maybe it is simply speaking up for what you believe, knowing that it may not be well accepted. Simple things like these can turn a generation of apathetic men and women who look in all the wrong places for passion, into a nation of people who believe in what they are fighting for.