Pastor's Corner

7 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

With the most recent shootings occurring this week and each political party reacting according to party lines before any facts came out, it is becoming more obvious of how divided we are as a country.  In the present climate I blame the media for the constant fanning the flames of the political agenda they obviously support.  Their slanted reporting and purposefully negative statements do more to influence emotion than actually report the events of the day.  It has become so bad that one has to pause and ask if they really want to destroy our nation in the process of trying to take the other side down.  Do they even care that most people who listen to the evening news lacks the critical thinking skills to evaluate the information they are being exposed to.  They simply take what is said as fact and form a worldview based on the words of a talking head.  Blame is aimed at the President, the progressive left, the lack of gun control or the idea that there are not enough good guys with guns.  But there is another category that few are talking about, until recently.  Professor of criminology Jillian Peterson and sociologist James Densley offer a revealing look at America’s mass-shooters. They’ve studied every shooter since 1966, and the vast majority have four things in common: “early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age”; seeking “validation” in extreme communities, often online; openly admiring the work of prior shooters; and nearly all are longtime loners with an identifiable “crisis point” like getting fired or expelled from school. Oh, and by the way, they are men. 

John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris in their excellent article on this subject, point out another fact, almost all of them grew up without fathers.  They write: In other words, with few exceptions, the signs that a young man is headed down a dark road overlap noticeably with signs we see across our culture that young men, in general, are not doing well. Lacking strong role models and healthy social groups, increasingly left behind academically and vocationally, and floundering for a purpose in life beyond video games, countless males have sought solace in the only communities they can find—usually online—where the foulest kinds of hate, conspiracy theories, and nihilism await them.

We can blame the politicians, the media and guns all we want but in most of those cases it is simply shifting the blame from the crisis of the breakdown of the family.  As our Creator God designed us for relationships He charges us within those relationships with the responsibility of equipping the next generation that we bring into this world.  The church is to supplement, not to replace this responsibility.  As more and more families do not attend church the responsibility is passed to government.  Schools, clubs and sport teams are not designed, nor can they replace what should take place at home.  

As we pray for the families in El Paso, Dayton and all other areas that have been terrorized by violence let us pray also for the dads, moms, and grandparents of this generation.  Pray for wisdom and a greater sense of responsibility toward their children.  May we focus more on self-sacrifice and personal discipline for the sake of our children so that they might not have to inherit the troubled world that is being built around them. 

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  Deuteronomy 6:7  

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan


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