By now, we have all been inundated, and continue to be assailed, with the news cycle of the tragic event that took place on February 14, 2018. Seventeen innocent lives were taken from this world. Their crime: Simply going to school to get an education, and for the adults who were killed, for going to work and doing what they loved, which was to teach. I cannot think of a single person over the last half of February, and now into March, that still is not talking about this horrific incident.
Out of the ashes of this event, we have seen a ground-swell of young kids, many of them students at Marjorie Douglas High School, organize and are set to protest on March 24 in the “March For Our Lives.” Names like Cameron Kasky and David Hogg have emerged as the leaders of this movement, garnering much time on all the cable news shows, late night talk shows, and basically anyone that will listen to them. There is no doubt they are passionate about what they believe in, and whether you are a liberal, or a conservative, they have a right to be heard according to the laws of the land.
Many of the sayings that I have heard are that, “Prayers are not enough.” Also, I have seen Kasky state himself, “Demanding – “we” take action now.” (emphasis added) Clearly emotions are still running high, and who can blame them? They watched their classmates get slaughtered by a very disturbed individual, and that is traumatic. So many young people are asking why this sort of thing happened yet again? Remember Columbine, Paducha, Sandy Hook, and sadly a host of other tragic shooting events? Why are our children doing this?
The answer is simple, but it is a matter of just accepting it. We are a lost, sinful, prideful, and fallen people. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. Our nation has systematically been falling apart at the spiritual seams, and instead of us humbling ourselves before Jesus and repenting of our sins, we continue to not only idolize our children, but in doing so, they see themselves as an idol.
We say things like, “Follow your heart son/daughter.” But what does the Bible state? Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” In other words, we encourage them to follow what they think, instead of doing what God states when He said, Proverbs 3:5-10 “Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths. Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear Adonai, and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones.”
Did you see that? It will bring strength to our bodies, and strength to our bones. His Word is what sustains us, and this is what happened to our children. We stopped teaching them the Word, and instead let Reality TV, the internet, violent video games, and sexual promiscuity and confusion teach their gospel. We have fatherless homes due to no-fault divorce, and even when there is a man in the house, they are virtually checked out, by not engaging with their kids and their wives. Also, before the ladies shout “Amen!”, please understand that there are plenty of moms out there that are un-engaged with their children just like some men.
When we look at what took place in Parkland, Florida, the fault is not the NRA, gun manufacturers, or even our politicians, be they Democrat or Republican. The problem is right back in the home, with a lack of Biblical teaching, prayer, and seeking the righteousness of Jesus. The answer we need to give to our children is parents coming back to Jesus, and getting their spiritual lives right with Him. It’s about turning off the TV and cracking open the Bible to edify our spirits and one another in the Word of the Lord. If American families would simply turn back to God and seek his face, we would see the miracle of God take place and school shootings like the one in Parkland will become a thing of the past.