Earlier this week, we received the horrific news of a school shooting in Texas. The school was for 7- to 10-year-olds. Nineteen children and two adults were killed, and many others were wounded. This was the 27th school shooting in the United States this year.
The shooter was just 18 years old.
He is also suspected of killing his grandmother before the rampage began.
To be sure, the young man must have been deeply, deeply troubled.
Many people think that guns are to blame for such events. And while American culture is fond of its second amendment right to bear arms, rarely are these tragedies caused by law-abiding, legal firearms owners.
The problem is that our society has been taught not to value human life.
Of course, the deeper problem is that of innate human sinfulness, something that society at large, and sometimes even the church, fails to acknowledge and deal with.
But the lack of respect for human life is the main symptom of sinfulness that rears its ugly head in situations like this, and countless others – and they don’t all involve weapons.
Parents, school curricula, even churches fail to stand up for the innate value that each human being, from conception, has in the eyes of God – and should, therefore, have in our own eyes.
But between an emphasis on rights over responsibilities, and profits over people, western society continues to collapse before us. (Honestly, the rest of the world is not much better off in that regard; the war in Ukraine is a good example.)
Please join me in praying for the grieving families of the deceased in the Texas shooting, and for parents, teachers, educational bureaucrats, and churches, that we will see how important it is choose life when there is so much violence going around. Maybe if we can get people to think more properly about life, we can get people to act respectfully toward life.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life” (Deuteronomy 30.19-20a, NLT).