I do not apologize for praying for the families and survivors of the Sutherland Springs shooting, who were gunned down while worshipping their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There is a special venom reserved by secular statists for those of us who pray. Those people do not see God in anything in the world, yet they blame God and people of faith for all sorts of evil.
These are the same people who call for stricter and stricter legal restrictions on weapons. They are the ones who blame guns for crimes; who cite statistics on what weapons are used for mass shootings. Yet they ignore the fact that many mass shootings are committed by people who, legally, cannot purchase or own a gun in the first place. They would empty our society of all guns, except for the police and military. Except they ignore the fact that Maj. Nidal Hassan killed at a Texas military base, as an active duty Army officer. They ignore the fact that Davin Patrick Kelly was an Air Force veteran who was dishonorably discharged.
Why should society trust the military or police officers–who are regularly accused of brutality, racism, and criminal intent–to disarm the rest of us? But that’s the exact argument secular liberal Americans throw out every time there’s a mass killing. Mass killings in places where most guns are already illegal are attributed to “hate” and “terror” as if those things were rare and easily identified. The same people who make those arguments have no problem tweeting “you worthless sack of s**t” to the Speaker of the House because he offered prayers to comfort the afflicted.
The natural man is evil
I am unapologetic in my faith in Christ because I know the opposite of what secularists believe is the actual truth. Mankind’s natural true north is to be evil. All human compasses eventually swing to bad. Yes, of course, babies are born innocent. Of course, racial bias must be taught. But race is only one dividing line among humans. Attractiveness, wealth, athletic ability, intelligence, and plain good fortune eat away at our weaknesses and inflame our desires until we are all like Cain, vowing blood oaths on our brothers and sisters.
Mankind is capable of unspeakable evil to ourselves and each other. No other species of animal upon the earth preys upon its own kind with the enmity and loathing displayed by humans.
At the end of World War II, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer presided over a devastated Germany. Evangelist Billy Graham recounted his encounter with a man who witnessed, first hand, the atrocities of his own people.
I was invited to have coffee one morning with Konrad Adenauer before he retired as the Chancellor of Germany. When I walked in, I expected to meet a tall, stiff, formal man who might even be embarrassed if I brought up the subject of religion. After the greeting, the Chancellor suddenly turned to me and said, “Mr. Graham, what is the most important thing in the world?” Before I could answer, he had answered his own question. He said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Then he amazed me by saying that he believed that the resurrection of Christ was one of the best-attested facts of history. He said, “When I leave office, I intend to spend the rest of my life gathering scientific proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It was the fact of the resurrection of Christ that called the disciples to go out as burning young revolutionaries to change the world of their day. They preached that Christ is alive. This should be our message every day of the year.
Do the secularists understand the importance of this statement and who made it?
Laws do not prevent evil
The problem is not whether we have guns or a Second Amendment, or laws. Governments make laws, and Germans were following lawful orders in exterminating Jews and gypsies and homosexuals. Just as easily as a country can ban guns for one class of people (citizens not in law enforcement or the military), they can order who and who cannot work in those professions. Then they can order those who have guns to take more than just guns from the others. They can take their property, their jobs, their homes, and their livelihoods. Who thinks that people are somehow a better class simply because they have a legal right to do things others cannot?
The Second Amendment is actually the best answer America’s founders could craft to this conundrum. If only certain classes of people could be armed, then those classes could dictate to others what their “rights” are. If everyone is equally entitled to be armed, then those class distinctions are cancelled. The founders recognized that mankind as a species tends toward evil. The government experiment they sought was to create a form of republic where the tendency to evil is moderated by a force for good, in the name of God, from whom all truths and rights emanate.
Evil is a human condition when God, and the grace of Christ, is removed from the world. Without the resurrection–therefore the truth, power, Lordship, and forgiveness–of Christ, there is not the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon. For secularists, their only vain hope is to believe that humankind is basically good, which they know is not true, because we have always had evil and we continue to have it.
They shall know the truth
So they reserve all their venom, and place all the ills of the world on people who know that Christ is risen. They condemn. But we know that prayers about those who say to God, “save yourself!” are best answered by “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
I am unapologetic about prayer, about God, and about the power of Christ. For it is the only hope of this world.
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 1 Cor. 15:17-19.
The secularists can choose to continue to mock prayer, mock God, and turn to fallen humanity for the answer to evil. But they will only find more evil. Meanwhile, the foolish will confound them with forgiveness, grace, and gentleness. May those blessed souls, of whom the world is not worthy, rest in the arms of Christ. May our prayers for those who do not know the truth be answered. It is for this purpose Christ died, that many would be saved through knowledge of the truth.
I am unapologetic that I know the truth, and I want them to know it too.