By Paul Craft
After each tragedy like the bombing in Sri Lanka, and the massacre at Columbine, we ask ourselves why all the hate?
With the recent 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine, the daughter of one the slain teachers said, "I never imagined we would be where we're at right now, where there are so many mass shootings we can't keep up," as reported by NBC News on April 19, 2019.
Many remember a tragedy but soon forget about all the pain that stays with the victim's family. In the same article cited above, a mom who lost a daughter at Columbine named Dawn Anna still saves a seat for her daughter, Lauren Townsend, when she goes to the movies, knowing full well that she won't show.
Family and friends need to be aware of how much emotional pain stays with a person who is directly impacted by the tragic loss of a loved one. One way to defeat hate is through love for one another. A love that puts others before ourselves and that is patient.
Many say that the ease of getting guns is the reason for the increase in hate and violence. It would be great if that were true, but hate is in the heart. If someone is on a mission to do violence, they will find a weapon of choice.
The recent bombing in Sri Lanka did not involve guns but a man with a bomb tied around himself who was willing to commit suicide. The number of dead in that act of hate for Christians was over 253 lives.
You have to ask yourselves why two of the bombers at Sri Lanka who had law degrees would kill innocent people in the name of religion. Yes, it comes back to that word called hate.
The prime reason for the increased violence and hate in our society is the gradual secularization of American culture. America was built on Biblical principles by our founding fathers who have significantly been disparaged by the secular Left.
The Bible has been taken out of the classroom and replaced by secular principles of LGBTQ tolerance. I believe all people should be loved as God loves us. We have a much better chance of promoting understanding and reducing hate by following and teaching the principles of the Bible. Let's look at the Ten Commandments:
1) You shall have no other gods before Me.
2) You shall make no idols.
3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4) Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5) Honor your father and your mother.
6) You shall not murder.
7) You shall not commit adultery.
8) You shall not steal.
9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10) You shall not covet.
What are the chances that we would have less hate and more love in the world if school kids had these God-given commands?
In conclusion, a lot of people ask the question of why does God allow innocent people to die. The late Rev. Billy Graham answered the question this way:
"I don’t know all the reasons why God doesn’t intervene and stop all suffering and conflict and injustice. Someday we will know—but not yet. But I do know two essential truths. First, this world is not the way God intended for it to be. The world was perfect when God created it—but then something intervened, and that “something” was sin. The human race rebelled against its Creator—and like a deadly spiritual cancer, sin invaded the world and brought death and destruction in its wake.
Second, someday God will intervene, and all the evil and pain and sorrow we now experience will be destroyed. Satan, our adversary, will be banished forever, and God will make all things new. The Bible says, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
Don’t leave God out of your life; don’t confront this world’s evils or death on your own. Instead, turn to Christ and discover the peace and joy and strength He alone gives to all who put their trust in Him. Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)."
1 Corky Siemaszko, Joe Fryer and Katie Wall; Columbine school shooting 20 years later: "Victims' families reflect on what has changed and what hasn't"; NBCNews; https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/columbine-school-shooting-20-years-later-victims-families-reflect-what-n992536
2 Rev Billy Graham; Why doesn't God do something about all the suffering and evil in the world?; https://billygraham.org/answer/why-does-god-allow-suffering/