Counter-CutThe school shooting in Newtown CT is a tragedy.  One can never fully appreciate the pain of losing a loved one, especially a young child, until one experiences it.  And I pray that I will never have to go through it.

My heart bleeds for the parents, relatives, and friends of all the victims, and I pray that they experience the peace of the LORD beyond all understanding, and the strength of the LORD beyond all human strength as they process this tragedy.

We have already begun to see the hand wringing and hear the same old questions from news commentators, “Who would do such a thing?  What could have possibly possessed a young man to commit such a heinous crime?  Why?”  and so on, just as we’ve heard these same questions asked and left unanswered after every other tragedy.  But then, a short while later we’ll forget the whole matter and go about our lives as before – except for those directly affected, who may never fully reconcile to the event.

The secular media has no answer to the difficult questions they raise.  They hypothesize and pontificate, “He was angry.” Or “He had a bad childhood.” Or “It was drugs.”  Or offer up any one of a dozen stock non-answers, because there is no earthly rational answer for such irrational deeds.  They blindly grope around because they don’t recognize the truth, that the answer is spiritual.

Whenever we experience a tragedy such as this one, people instinctively reach for a higher power.  Ancients appealed to their gods.  Our nation’s churches were packed after 9-11 seeking help from the LORD God.  Prayers are offered all over the nation in this tragedy, too.

Why is that?  Because we instinctively know that there is more to this world than meets the eye, that there is absolute good and evil, and somehow such a tragic event violated that absolute standard.  So we demand justice and explanation.  NOW!

First, however, let’s put this tragedy into perspective:

Our actions

Logical conclusion

  • We have locked God out of our schools and taught our children that there are no absolutes, certainly no absolute right or wrong.
Killing may be OK to achieve a desired goal.
  • We have taught that human life, randomly formed from slime, is no different from the life of a worm
The consequences of killing a human are no worse than squashing a bug.
  • We have promoted wanton sexual activity and taught our children to carelessly kill the unexpected and inconvenient products of such activity because the life of a baby has no value.
Killing is OK, especially the killing of defenseless babies and children.
  • We have worshipped violence and death in our virtual world of entertainment, and have so blurred the lines between reality and make-believe that it’s easy to confuse the two.
Real life killing doesn’t have any more consequences than video game killing.

So should we be surprised when we witness tragedies such as the one in Newtown?  By no means.

In fact, we should expect more and more frequent occurrences of such events.  And that is exactly what we have seen in the last 10 years.  The following chart plots the number of events of school violence (blue line), and the total number of resultant casualties (deaths plus injuries, red line) per year between 1967 and 2012.  (Source: US News and World Report)

School violence chart

There is a marked increase in both starting in 1995 – about one generation after we began taking God out of the schools and we legalized abortion.  Coincidence?  …or consequence?

Now the total number of casualties (deaths plus injuries[1]) from school violence between 1967 and 2012 (a total of 45 years) is only about 350.  Compare that with the following statistics:

Child fatality rates:

45 year equivalent

Compared to school violence

Deaths and injuries from school violence

350 total

1,600 per year die due to neglect and abuse (Source)

72,000 total

206 times as many

1,300,000 per year are willfully murdered in the womb through abortion in the U.S. (Source)

58,500,000 total

167,143 times as many

330,000 Planned Parenthood legal murders (abortions) are performed per year, funded in large part by our federal tax dollars (Source)

14,850,000 total

42,429 times as many

100 bicycle related children’s deaths per year; nevertheless aggressive prevention programs are in place to reduce that number (Source)

4,700 total

13 times as many

So I ask, “Why do we not have a huge national outcry against murder by abortion and through child abuse?
Why do we ignore, and even condone, these heinous acts when they are so much more prevalent and significant than school violence?
Have we forgotten our humanity and taught our children to be mere beasts?”

And how does the LORD God feel about the killing of innocent babies and children?  Hear His words:

And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech [sacrificial murder by fire], and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. (Lev 20:4-5)

They [the Israelites] built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.  “Now therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence’:  (Jer 32:35-36)

In short the LORD God is saying, “You don’t value the life I give.  Therefore I will take it from you.  First I will take away your children, and then your liberty, and finally your very lives.”

The LORD God does not change.  He is the same today as He was 3000 years ago, when He said:

if my people who are called by my name 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. (2Ch 7:14)

and repeated 2000 years ago:

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Act 17:30-31)

Repent, America, lest the LORD God cut you off the same way He cut Jerusalem off and gave it up to the king of Babylon.  If He gave up the apple of His eye to serve justice, how much more readily will He give you up, debased and amoral America?

God is calling out to His people:

Repent, my people in America, Christians and Jews alike, wake up!  Turn from your whoring ways now, for the LORD God’s judgment is just beginning.  Can’t you see it?  Look around; open your eyes!  See the evidence of exploding school violence.  See the evidence of moral decay.  See the evidence of corruption.  See the evidence everywhere you look.

…because all is not as it looks

So, is there a solution?

Many will say, “The problem is guns.  We must outlaw guns.”  Did that gun walk into the school and kill all those people?  No.[2]  A person did.  So I propose we outlaw people!  That will certainly stop school violence.  Oh, I forgot.  We’ve already outlawed unwanted people and are eliminating them at the rate of 1,300,000 per year through abortion – killing unborn children 167,143 times as effectively as this one young man did with two guns.  So let’s outlaw forceps, syringes, and scalpels – the instruments used in abortions.  Oh, but…

We all abhor such tragedies, but the debate goes endlessly on and on when the truth is plainly staring us in the face:  Just draw near to Christ, and through Him you will receive healing.  If each one of us did that, there wouldn’t be any more Newtowns.

…furthermore, as an added bonus our nation would be healed and the number of infant murders through abortion would be dramatically reduced.  So what are we waiting for?

All is not as it looks!


[1] Deaths account for only about half that total.
[2] If gun ownership, gun laws, public policies related to gun ownership, or anything of that nature were the cause of such tragedies, then there must be a significant change in one of these factors sometime shortly before 1996 to cause the sudden increase in school violence.  But that is not the case.  Therefore one must seek another cause.

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