Thursday, August 27, 2015


We are in constant stir over past, present, and perpetual tragedy of man destroying man with bullets.  I am sympathetic to voices who want to eradicate guns.  And should they develop a plan that succeeds, I will join with robust the applause.

But for now, would you mind if I offer an idea as to why such a thread won't be productive?  Owning guns does not seem to be the real problem.  Go ahead.  Confiscate the bullets.  Do we not think then that only the villains will be the ones who possess such?

Trying to do away with guns seems to be similar in trying to limit candles so that curtains won't catch fire and houses won't burn.  Should we end Little League because boys and girls get injured?  Shouldn't cars be suspect because of traffic deaths?  I do note that guns are a bit different as misuse is intentional whereas fire, baseball injuries, and auto accidents are....accidental.

Regarding gun control, why wouldn't there instead be a larger push to revamp the heart; that place where anger and insult resides which inspires the pulling of the trigger in the first place?  Why do we not realize (or do we) the desperation our nations have for effective spiritual development.  It seems that we still believe that if enough laws are passed we will finally eliminate painful destruction within our communities.

But such legal passages have not dented local news.  Crime steadily escalates.

Yet there is something about us.  There is something invisible; tasteless, and odorless. This would be our hearts.  At the rate we improve hearts we will see progress in transforming bitterness into love and despondency into hope.  This....this is what the Holy Spirit does for mankind.

Should you be one focused upon gun control, I say that I hope you hit what works.  My observation (which is quite limited I realize) is that if we take away the guns without transforming the heart then a new kind of weapon will be created by these whose outbursts of uncontrollable anger hunger to do damage to fellow man.

My contention is that guns are not the problem.  Those of us of faith who distance ourselves from the deprived and frustrated have much to do with it.  Guys like me have failed in carrying greater influence into our communities.  I want to get better at it.  A young man and woman dropping dead in front of our television eyes says to me that my role just must improve.  How about you?

Therefore, if this consideration is in the ballpark of potential, it is not up to Congress to clamp down on weapons.  Rather is is up to churches to become more vocal about hope and faith and love.  These three will reverse man at the heart in order to become a friend rather than an enemy to society.

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