Escalating Violence

The Human Condition

As disturbing as the escalating violence is that seems to keep occurring in large, and small ways the nation over, there is something that is even more disconcerting. We’re wired this way. It is important to notice that I didn’t say, “they’re wired that way.” In truth, each of us react to injustice, whether perceived or actual. The reason for it is because that’s the way God made us. Our nation has insisted on taking God out of the equation, and this is what happens. With God banished, somebody needs to administer justice. Somebody needs to be feared. The police cannot be everywhere, nor can the looters, rioters, snipers, gunmen, and other terrorists. But because we’ve removed the fear of God from the equation, we’ve eliminated the only One who can be everywhere at once.

Many of the people who are destroying property in the name of justice are cowardly wearing hoods and masks, as if somehow that hides them. Marginalize God all you want, but a mask and a hood aren’t going to do the trick. There isn’t a one of us who can hide from God. If God can find someone in the abyss of hell, he can find me anywhere I might think I can hide. Yet that didn’t stop Adam, and it doesn’t stop me from trying. Why is that? We’re wired that way!

So, if we’re wired this way, and it’s faulty, how do we go about changing the wiring? That’s the great news. Jesus paid the price to change the wiring on the cross, and now I can be redeemed. I can let him change the wiring. The problem is that we think that Jesus is done with the work on our lives since our eternity is secure. The truth is I am still a diamond in the rough, and I think I’m ready to be set in the wedding band. I don’t consider my own life honestly and soberly. I think of myself more highly than I ought, and I buy into the culture that says, “nobody else is going to look out for me, so I need to look out for myself.”

Couple this looking out for myself, and being outraged over the perceived mistreatment of others, and the misguided idea that nobody should have any weapons for self defense and the defense of others, and you have a society that is out of balance ready to go full tilt on a hair trigger. So, our solution is to regulate guns? To excuse away riotous behavior giving them space to express themselves? No! Murder is already illegal by whatever means it is accomplished. And riots? Does anyone really think we should give them space?

Remembering September 11, 2001

It is hard to believe that 11 years ago our nation came to a complete stop.  Well, not everyone.  A significant number of first responders sprang into action.  They went in as others were rushing out. Men and women in our Armed Forces did the same thing at the Pentagon.  And the heroes on Flight 93 took the first action in a conflict against a stealthy enemy.  Our world has not been the same since.  We watched our TVs in stunned disbelief.  We heard that the skies were being cleared of all civilian air traffic.  We witnessed military aircraft patrolling the skies over our homeland.  Many of us made the pilgrimage to Ground Zero to see for ourselves that the massive buildings were indeed no longer there.  And as a nation we turned to God.  Sadly, that didn’t even last a year.  Our own tax dollar supported PBS documentary asked the question just a year later, “Where was God?”  Where was God on that fateful day? How could God allow these events? Or, “Religion drove those buildings into the ground.”  Allow me to share my view.  Evil, wicked, God-defying people caused the carnage of that day.  And as for where God was?  How about limiting the loss of life on that day?  Just think, buildings that on a normal work day would contain upwards of 50,000 people, yet under 3,000 lost their life that day.  While we mourn the senseless loss of life, I choose to look at the miracle.  I choose to focus on those who bravely risked their own life trying to save others.  And I thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces still putting it all on the line to give me the liberty to share my thoughts with you today. Don’t ever take this liberty for granted.

The Power of the PERSONAL Press

I read local news online, and occasionally something will catch my attention and annoy me to response.  Here is the quote from The Times Letter to the Editor.

| Saturday, June 13, 2009 |
If the American people want to know what kind of jerk George W. Bush was, they should go see the movie “W.” Bush failed in almost everything he did, including being president. His father was getting tired of bailing him out of trouble. He couldn’t hold a job, and he was considered to be an alcoholic.

Look what he did to this country in his two terms in office. We are in one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. We have 10 million people unemployed, and many more are going to lose their jobs. We have 3 million foreclosures on homes, and the numbers are climbing higher.

Bush should be brought to trial for war crimes for starting the war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein with a lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Bush is also responsible for the deaths of more than 4,000 American soldiers and 170,000 Iraqi people. Look at the way our government tortured its prisoners during this senseless war. The American people should blame themselves for allowing this communist country to elect our president with the electoral college instead of the popular vote.

Is this really how the American people want to live in a world of communism like the Russian people did many years ago? Bush also stated on national television that God told him to become president. What a joke — and the joke is on the simple-minded American people.

– R***** K********, L*** V******

I debated whether this even deserved a response, but it was a short debate!  Here is my response :

Facts and logic are stubborn things.

Presidential elections produce failures, yet President Bush succeeded twice, some failure! Prior to being president, he was governor of Texas. Prior to that he was trusted to be the General Partner of the Texas Ranger’s baseball team, sounds like a job. Bush admits being an Alcoholic, and avoids drinking for that reason.

Now for his two terms as President. He inherited a weak policy toward terror. We were repeatedly attacked, yet the muted response was some sort of minor air strike, if anything.

Then, the unthinkable happened. We were attacked in a major way on 9/11/2001, less than 8 months after Bush became president. Since that date, there has not been another successful attack on the United States, in large part due to Bush’s unpopular policy of taking the fight to the terrorists, and subjecting captured terrorists to torture. Those 4,000+ US soldiers gave up their lives defending your right to voice your opinion! In a communist country you would be dead by now.

Have we really forgotten how the terrorists treated our country? Torture seems too tame.