It has been both fascinating, frustrating, and sad to read the comments by “experts,” such as psychologists and law enforcement personnel and news media “talking heads,” who are trying to explain the reason behind the latest vicious act (the murder of 20 children at an elementary school) as well as the explosion of murderous rage in general that we are witnessing in Western society. Basically, the experts, having rejected God’s Word and depending on their own feeble resources, have no answer. We are told that mass murder is “not well understood in behavioral sciences” (“Why Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Common?”Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2012). The banner headline for The Tampa Tribune (Florida) for Dec. 16 was “Grief, FEW ANSWERS in Wake of Killings.”
Frank DeAngelis, who was the principal at Columbine High School at the time of the shootings there in 1999, said on December 14, “Money should be spent to find out what is causing so much hate.” For his part, President Obama said emphatically and authoritatively, “These tragedies must end.” I guess he’s going to wave his magic wand. You see, the experts and others trying to figure this out are convinced that they are basically good people themselves; but they know that they are looking at the depths of evil in these situations, and they are deeply puzzled. Well, what is actually happening today, America? The answer is right in front of you, in the Book that was this nation’s favorite book from its inception until early in the lifetime of the very Baby Boomer generation that is still alive and kicking. The Bible has the answer, and it is not complicated, but the Bible has been rejected by America, in large measure, within my lifetime.
The Lord Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders” (Mark 7:21). This world is full of evil because man’s heart is evil. Mankind rebelled against God and His holy laws. Man sins because he is a sinner, and it isn't only murderers and other “worst of the worst” who are sinners. The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Not every man commits murder, but every man hates, which is the same evil before God. The same law of God that says, Thou shalt not kill, also says, “Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother” (Mark 10:19). Further, the Bible prophesies that there will be an explosion of evil in the last days, and it will create perilous times, the root problem being man’s love of himself.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Tim. 3:1-2). Behind all of the wretched violence is the flagrant rejection of the one true God and His Holy Word the Bible and the replacement of Him by a multitude of American idols and false christs.
Behind the violence is the brash breaking of God’s holy laws, the mockery that has been made of the solemn marriage vow, the messing around with moral depravity such as pornography, the perversity of the fashion industry, the mad pursuit of money at nearly any cost, the weird commercial frenzy that results in people camping out overnight to get a special cell phone or a special pair of sports shoes and massive, shoving crowds shopping at midnight on certain days of the year, the gambling, the drinking, the drugging, the free release of every unholy passion, the communion with demons, the immersion in and giving over to the flimsiest vanities, the nurturing of jealousy and spite, the breathe-taking selfishness, the rebellion against and dishonoring of and mocking of parents, the failure to properly discipline children, the gross pampering of teenagers.
What’s the cause of the violence? Part can be attributed to the weirdness and darkness of the pop media itself, the dark movies and the dark music and the dark, ultra-violent video games, such as those watched by the Columbine shooters and the Dark Knight theater shooter. What is the cause of the violence? The major news media people, whether liberal and conservative, such as MSNBC or Fox or even BreitBart, The Blaze, Rush Limbaugh, or the Drudge Report, need look no further than a mirror that would reflect their own love affair with and promotion of the vain, lawless, end-time, narcissistic pop culture that they themselves love and represent.
The violence can be traced back, in large measure, to the licentious, “thumb your nose at God’s holy laws” philosophy preached by 60s rock music and celebrated still throughout society -- “I’m free to do what I want any old time.” It is no coincident that the 1960s was exactly when violence took a tremendous upswing in fierceness, intensity, and growth throughout society compared to the 1940s and 1950s and earlier.
(Friday Church News Notes, December 21, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)