I want you to do a little exercise for me. I want you to sit back in a comfortable chair, and close your eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths and think about your child or children. If you’re a grandparent, think about your grandchildren. Visualize their face and hair. What color are their eyes? Visualize their height and size. Consider what makes them the wonderful, unique little individual they are, and what type of temperament and personality they possess.
Now, keep your eyes closed and picture helping them get ready for school some morning. Just a regular day, like any other day. There they are, a clear image in your mind, all rumpled, trying to wake up and get dressed, still smelling of warm sleep.
You help tie shoes or brush hair, and make sure they don’t forget the lunch you packed. You can hear the hustle and bustle and laughter as they get on the bus, and you call ‘Bye! Have a good day,’ as it pulls away. You smile as you turn and walk back into the kitchen for another cup of coffee.
Forty-five minutes later, you get a phone call or text from the school informing you that a shooting has occurred, and you need to get down there immediately. Your stomach drops and your heart begins to pound rapidly, as you grab your coat and keys and head to the car, with your cell phone at your ear.
You arrive at the school to find it crowded with dozens of police cars, ambulances and news crews. There are people everywhere, some wandering around, dazed, others rapidly walking to fulfill their duties. You find a place to park and run to the nearest authority, asking what happened? They give you a distracted answer about some kid walking into the school and shooting twenty to thirty people. He tells you he doesn’t know if any are dead but he thinks so, as he apologizes and trots away, answering his radio.
Are your eyes still closed? You still with me, picturing this scene? Can you hear people shouting orders over the sirens, and the sound of someone sobbing behind you? Are you visualizing other panicked parents arriving, their eyes wild with fear because they don’t have any more information than you do? Do you feel the nauseated panic in your gut as you wonder if YOUR child might be among the victims?
Dear God, why can’t you find anyone to give you any answers?? After an eternity of walking around, grabbing sleeves and pleading for information, an officer asks your name. You tell him and as a shadow of sorrow crosses his face, you feel faint; life as you know it is over. Because you know. You know.
That silly, giggling, little treasure you put on that big yellow school bus just a few hours ago, is now lying nude under a clean, white sheet, on a cold, stainless steel table in the city morgue. The obscenity of the situation is incomprehensible! The facts refuse to permeate your brain. Oh God in heaven, surely this is a nightmare, but you can’t seem to wake up. You’re aware of family and friends holding you, murmuring choked condolences with tearstained faces.
And all you can think, the only thing screaming over and over in your mind, is your baby is gone. They’re gone! They won’t be home after school. You don’t have to worry about what to fix them for dinner; you don’t need to finish that costume for the school play, because they’re dead. They’re DEAD!
You’ll never again on this earth hug and kiss them. You’ll never be able to share secrets as you cuddle in bed together. No more opportunities to tell them you love them more than anything in the whole, wide world, or experience the unspeakable joy, that tiny taste of heaven’s bliss, when those little arms squeeze you back.
Now open your eyes and whisper a prayer for each parent, family member and friend of those who were senselessly murdered in Connecticut.
How could this happen, you ask? Why would God allow those children and adults to be killed, when all they were doing was innocently going about their day at school? Where was He? Might I remind you of the very harsh truth, that God was banned from our schools back in 1963? He isn’t allowed in the door anymore.
You can’t even mention His name in most public schools or bow your head to say a silent prayer at lunch, without fear of being called out and sent to the principal’s office. I’ve read of kids being sent home to change clothes because they had a cross or the name, Jesus, on their shirts. So here’s my question…What else do you expect? Why should senseless acts of violence in our schools so surprising?
And WHY does the knee-jerk reaction of every community involved in a tragedy such as this, invariably consist of holding a candlelight vigil and saying prayers for the victims? Doesn’t this seem even the slightest bit hypocritical, or at least nonsensical? Who are these people praying to? And for whom are they praying? After all, there is no God, right? And since there’s no life after death, what’s the point of turning to an Almighty Nobody for comfort?
How fantastically insulting this must be to the heart of the Father! Push Him off, blaspheme His holy name at every turn, mock His commandments and ignore the wisdom in them, and persecute those who cling to His Word and statutes. What kind of pushover do you think He is?
Do you picture some benevolent, kindly Grandfather-like figure up in the clouds; some ancient old man with deep wrinkles, which merely nods and winks at sin? Well, hate to disappoint you, but our God is a consuming fire, and He is not to be taken for granted or trifled with.
Am I saying those children and adults deserved to be killed? Of course not! Don’t even go there. But you must realize, due to the deliberate choices and long term, unrepentant sin of America, God HAS removed His hand of protection. This kind of pointless carnage is but one result. You should expect more. Much more.
Not necessarily school shootings, but other senseless, selfish acts that end in tragedy for some poor soul. See, He truly IS real, and this is part of the price we pay for demanding God get out of our face and stop telling us how to live our lives. These kinds of events are the result of forbidding the Ten Commandments to be a part of our government and courtrooms; from banning Christian displays of the cross or a nativity scene in the public square.
You don’t think so? Well, think back. Guns have been a part of society for over two hundred years, but you don’t remember hearing about random massacres before the 1960’s do you? Cause and effect, folks.
Hey, you wanted God gone. Well, He acquiesced to your demand and stepped back, so don’t go whining and blaming Him when tragedy strikes. By the way, how’s that ‘separation of church and state’ working out for you?
In case you haven’t noticed the ever increasing coldness and lack of conscience in human beings these days, I’ll just list a few things I’ve read about in the news over the last month or so.
*A Chicago city police officer was writing a parking ticket in front of Colonel Phillips FENCED IN home, when Mr. Phillips came outside to see why he was getting a ticket. His little 7 month-old, mini Bull Terrier followed him outside. Although the dog was INSIDE the fenced yard, the officer pulled his gun and shot the puppy twice, then calmly resumed writing the ticket. The puppy survived surgery. My, what a big, strong, manly officer he is!
*In Buenos Aires, a group of judges exonerated thirteen accused sex-slave operators, despite 130 witnesses, dozens of which graphically described the brutal conditions they had endured as victims. The judges ruled the witnesses were ‘lying.’ Can you say ‘bribe?’
*NYC government slams Sandy victims with “Failure to Maintain Property” citations. Kick ‘em when they’re down!
*The parents of a 10 year old son in Texas kept the child locked in a bedroom, feeding him only bread and water, for months. When he died from starvation, they threw his body in a nearby creek. I don’t think they’ll receive the ‘Parents of the Year’ award.
*A chef in California, on trial for killing his wife, confessed to slow cooking her body and throwing it out with the kitchen scraps. Mmmm, tastes like chicken!
*A 29 year old Texas man stabbed his girlfriend/baby mama to death, and then proceeded to burn his 1 year old baby alive because she had gone to court, seeking child support. How’s THAT for taking responsibility?
Believe me, I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. The apostle Paul warned that selfishness and violence would increase to such a fevered pitch in the last days, he called these times “perilous.” Sometimes his prediction seems to have been an understatement!
This is what he said in 2 Timothy 3: 1-4. “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, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”
Now, we know these sicko kinds of crimes have been committed throughout history, but the difference today is the exponential increase in cruelty and frequency. Behaviors like these parallel other end time prophecies, which speak of a rise in the number and severity of natural disasters such as earthquakes, famines, pestilences, floods, and droughts, as well as more wars, ethnic clashes, upheavals in governments, economies and signs in the heavens.
I think it’s safe to say that nearly everyone with a pulse can sense that the forces of evil are amplified more and more each day; growing ever stronger, and pressing closer and closer around us. There are days it’s almost suffocating! Perverse cruelty and corruption permeates every nook and cranny of society, and is sometimes so pervasive, so tangible it wouldn’t be surprising if you could literally reach out and touch that unseen, putrid world with your 3rd dimensional human hand.
It’s tiresome to be sure, but America exacerbated our exposure to satanic attacks by foolishly choosing to reappoint Bronco Bama to rule over this land for another four years; Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Rule of Law be damned! Stripping the law abiding citizens of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms will NOT prevent the type of tragedy that happened in Connecticut, but that is precisely this administration’s goal.
Why? Because tyranny cannot exist if those to be terrorized and broken are able to adequately defend themselves. It really is just that simple, prompting our Founding Fathers to ensure we the people, could protect ourselves. If a security guard, Principal or teacher in that Elementary School had access to a gun, the number of casualties would have been drastically reduced. Instead, they were unarmed, sitting ducks, completely helpless as they faced evil.
Ladies and gentlemen, look at what has happened in America and around the world in the last 50 years. The human heart has grown more crippled and perverted, and very little compassion or courtesy exists on this earth anymore. Now, get this…we are living in these circumstances while the church and the Holy Spirit are still on this earth! Do understand the significance of that??
Look at 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-8. “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exhalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”
Well, we can plainly see how the mystery of iniquity is already working, and obviously putting in some serious overtime hours. However, the Holy Spirit, living inside us is STILL here, restraining evil. And it’s this bad already?
Can you even begin to imagine what mankind will turn into when the church and the Holy Spirit are taken out of the way?? Good heavens, what kind of depraved, demonically driven acts will be committed by those left behind to face the tribulation, with all its charms!
There will be no sense of propriety or civility, and any respect for law and order will be out the window. They’ll be nowhere to run, and no one to run to for safety; in fact, law enforcement will be the LAST thing you’ll want to trust!
Nah, I think I’ll skip all that, thank you very much. I’ve been washed in the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, and because of that and ONLY that, I stand acceptable and righteous before the God and judge of the universe. My ‘get out of jail free’ ticket has been punched and I’m ready for that glorious trumpet to sound.
How about you? Time is so short. Please repent and accept the pardon Jesus died a horrible death to freely give you. Being left behind will be your worst nightmare on steroids. Please, please don’t risk it! Today is the day of salvation. Even one hour from now may be too late.