We Don’t Need Thoughts and Prayers…

GUnFlickrPhotos_350_3419_farm5_static_flickr_com_40369207261_b02ab4363e_326[1]     We don’t need thoughts and prayers? Wow this surprised me! I was sitting on the couch writing one evening when my husband came into the room and turned on the news. I was not surprised when the news was covering stories of the latest school shooting, or even the fact that there were now massive gun protests going on all over the country…what surprised me was some of the signs people were carrying. We don’t need thoughts and prayers??? Really??? The Bible encourages us to pray…in fact to pray first, often, even unceasingly! (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18, and many more).

So you may be reading this and thinking…well that’s nice, but what does prayer have to do with shooting in schools? This does not solve the problem…innocent people died, these shootings are happening more frequently and we need to do something. Yes, innocent people did die, what happened was a tragedy! And yes it is happening more often…and unfortunately it will continue to get worse unless we do make a change.

Many today believe that gun control is the answer, some even believe that outlawing gun ownership in its entirety is the solution. Making it harder or impossible to own a gun will not keep people from doing evil things. The attacks on 911 were not done with guns, they used box cutters and knives. What the people protesting don’t realize it that prayer IS the answer.

In 1962 Engel v. Vitiate prayer was taken out of our schools. In 1963 Abington School District v. Schempp the Bible itself was removed.  In 1963 there we very little gun restrictions and yet there were hardly any gun related deaths. While President Kennedy who was shot on November 22, 1963 was not the first man to be assassinated it was still a shock…these things just did not happen as a ‘norm’.  Just read this paragraph taken from Wikipedia…

“On the day of Kennedy’s funeral, November 25, 1963, people around the world attended memorial services.[43] This was a day of national mourning in the United States and in many countries around the world.[44] Events were called off because of the mourning. Town streets were deserted while services were held. Everyone who could followed the proceedings on television. Others heeded the call for the day of national mourning by going to their place of worship for a memorial service.[45] Around the world, footage of the funeral procession was sent abroad via satellite.[46] Many schools, offices, stores, and factories in the U.S. were closed.[47] Those that were open scheduled a minute of silence.[44] Others permitted employees time off to attend memorial services. During memorial services, church bells tolled. In some cities police officers attached black mourning bands to their badges.[48]

In many states, governors declared the day of national mourning a legal holiday, allowing banks to close.[44] There was silence across the United States at 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC) for five minutes to mark the start of the funeral.[44][49] 

In reading this artical did you niotice that there was no division…no left wing, no right wing…no protesting in the streets. Instead people were encouraged to come together and pray. Nowadays  whenever I happen to hear about a bombing or a shooting on the news, while it is heart breaking and saddens me, I will admit I am not at all shocked. Nor have I gone to my place worship and prayed. (I have prayed, but not as a community of believers). The sad truth is events like this have become ‘normal’ for our generation, and the enemy is using them to divide our nation even more than we already are.

In 1968 after the death of president Kennedy more rigid gun laws were pushed through congress…and have been ever since then. Today we have 20,000 gun laws/restrictions on the books…in 1963 two. That is a huge difference! And yet if gun laws protect us then why are there more shooting today with 20,000 gun laws than there was back in 1963 with only 2? Well to me its pretty obvious…we removed God from the schools.

Before 1963 each school day started with prayer and in many school districts a reading from the Bible as well. WAIT STOP…you might be saying…Separation of Church and State! Well the truth is we are not taught in schools today what that really means; and while I wont get into it here…please  check out this article which does a great job explaining the true meaning of separation of church and state and how it relates to us today.

How to Respond to “Separation of Church and State” – WallBuilders

We have removed God from our schools; and unfortunately in many other aspects of our lives as well. Children were once taught that they were created by a loving God. That they were precious, had worth, value and purpose. Now our schools are void of God and his message that we as humans have value and worth. Instead our children are being taught that we are here by chance, that we are an accident…we have no creator, no purpose, no value, no worth…we live in word where we kill our unborn…with that train of thought why not kill the living? If an unborn human being is worthless…then what makes a living human have any more worth? I mean we are all here by accident, chance…there is no God…I should be able to do what makes me feel good, despite how it affects those around me.
This is a dangerous way of thinking! But this is what we are being told daily. That we should live life doing what makes us feel good, makes us happy. And we wonder why these school shooting are happening and are happening more and more often? We do need prayer! We do need God! Gun control is not the answer, but God is.
” 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
 
Unfortunately I highly doubt we will ever get prayer and the Bible back into our schools. As followers of Christ we need to stop burying our head in the sand so to speak. We do need to gather in our homes, in our places of worship with other believers and pray when events like this happen. We also need to gather and pray BEFORE events like this happen. We need to step it up…we need to spread the gospel with more enthusiasm and emphases than ever before! There is a reason that God leaves us here in this earth after we have come to accept Jesus as our lord and savior…we are the salt of the earth! We are his ambassadors!
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15 (NIV)
We need to boldly speak out and say ‘Hey, yes this happened and yes it was awful, but this is why it is happening and I have something that you to can have…peace.
Did you notice the other sign in the picture above that the young protester was holding? “Fear has no place in schools?”
The truth is fear has NO place! Not just in schools, fear has no place anywhere!
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 timothy 1:7 (ESV)
 
The fact is the farther we fall from following God as a society the more ‘evil’ will be allowed to reign, and events like this latest school shooting will become the ‘norm’. The good news is that there is a cure for all this unrest, this chaos, this fear, this pure evil that is running ramped throughout the world…JESUS! And while we know that until Jesus is reigning on earth as king, we will never experience world peace. We as believers have peace…a peace for this life, on this earth, for this time…a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
We need to do everything in our power to spread the good news of the gospel, so that those who are wandering this earth, hurting, fearful and lost too can experience God’s peace. The gift of salvation is not meant to be kept…it is meant to be shared!
I like what Oswald Chambers said. “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first like of defense.”

 

 

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