I’ve listened to the arguments.
The problem is access to guns.
No, the problem begins in the heart—specifically, hearts corrupted by sin.
The more I hear the debate, the more I think both arguments are missing the point.
Guns have always been available. And sin has always been around, at least since the Garden of Eden.
So really, what changed?
If we’re honest with ourselves, the only thing that changed in the past 50 years is our worldview.
Our western culture no longer even pretends to espouse a biblical worldview. What I mean by that is we no longer base our philosophy of life and our values on a biblical foundation.
- Morality is relative. Right and wrong depend solely on your perspective rather than absolute standards.
- Truth is relative. What’s true for me may not be true for you.
- The determination of the beginning of life depends on whether the mother wants the baby growing inside her.
- We teach children that they are a biological accident, rather than a person of eternal value created in the image of God.
When we divorce ourselves from the understanding that humanity is accountable to its Creator, what we have left is a diminished value of life and a corrupted view of sin. After all, your “truth” doesn’t have to be “my” truth anymore.
Our culture no longer views character development and discipline as useful. Just ask any teacher who’s had to explain to an angry parent why little Johnny experienced the consequence of failure for not completing his term paper. Excuses abound…from little Johnny and Johnny’s parents.
A cultivated sense of entitlement demands that we get our own way, regardless of someone else’s standards—regardless of any standards.
So our morality is relative, our view of life is that it’s an accident with no eternal purpose, and our understanding of sin is quickly becoming non-existent. And then we’re surprised when teens and young adults respond to their despair by killing anyone they perceive offended them?
We stripped life of its eternal value, and we’re surprised at the result?
Want more proof? A video game which was to be released in June would have provided players with the opportunity to play the role of a school shooter, scoring points for kills. The distribution company justified the game by saying the player also has the option of choosing to play the role of a SWAT team member instead of a shooter. And they had included the following disclaimer:
“Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you.”
Don’t take killing seriously? Really?
Due to a major outcry, “Active Shooter” was pulled from release. Interestingly enough, they pulled it, not because of the content, but because the creator had a bad reputation.
The solutions I’ve heard put forth to restore safety in our schools and workplaces seem to focus on symptoms instead of the cause.
If our culture persists in refusing to acknowledge the God who created us as well as the eternal value of life (whether a baby in the womb or a student in a classroom), we will continue to experience the horror of life violently snuffed out.
What shapes your worldview?