Finding the answer to senseless killing, whether it be instigated by children or adults, lies much deeper than the media and our culture would have us believe. It’s not about the weapons used. To find a solution to these horrific attacks, we must dig deeper and get to the root of what’s causing all this evil. We need go back to the fundamentals of life. What is right and what is wrong? To find a true solution, we must all agree on a premise of what is good and what is evil. Without such an agreement we will continue to pull at and destroy each other. In your life, have you ever seen such a divisive and evil time as now?
Beginning this month, you will notice a new department in Nevada Business Magazine. Many of us have Judeo-Christian backgrounds, whether from the way we were raised to a firmly held belief today. Unlike the ever-changing values of our culture and media, as a Judeo-Christian believer, we are taught to base our beliefs and sense of good and evil on how God directs us through the Bible, the “how to live” book that doesn’t change.
God and His Word are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. However, those that don’t have the same beliefs have nothing solid to hang onto and their morality can change from one day to the next. Today, many that call themselves Christians live their lives like unbelievers, allowing culture to dictate how they think and live. They don’t practice what they say they believe. Unbelievers see these so-called believers for what they are, hypocrites. And, it’s true. When we say we are believers and act contrary to those beliefs, we are hypocrites.
As the Scriptures say, “…he who has ears to hear, let him hear…”. This is a wake-up call for non-believers and believers that are behaving like hypocrites: WAKE-UP, LISTEN AND ACT! We must agree on a premise of good and evil and there is no better source to rely on than the unchanging and reliable Bible.
The following are commentary excerpts from writings by Ben Stein’s “My Confession” and recited by him on a CBS Sunday morning commentary.
Stein said, “I think it started when Madalyn Murray O’Hair (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and WE SAID OK …
“Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says … thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal and love your neighbor as yourself … and WE SAID OK … Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide) … We said an expert should know what he’s talking about … and WE SAID OK …
“Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates and themselves … If we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW’ …
“Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding God, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.”
Call to Action: Wake-up and seek God. Read and meditate on His Word. Teach and lead your family in His Ways; and God will hear our prayers once more.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”