As of the writing of this blog, 58 people have been killed and 515 injured in Las Vegas. This will go down as the one of the worst if not the worst shooting in American history, no doubt.
We live in volatile times. The angst of our culture is boiling over, and there is no end in sight. Opinions are being solidified, hatred is having a field day, and good people are in harm's way.
Over the course of the next few days, media will try to tell us a story about what happened. Unfortunately, I am obligated to tell you that there are three sides to every story. Them, theirs and the truth. I don't know which one you will hear.
Then there will be those who will point blame. ISIS, Islam, gun control, mental health care and more. But addressing any of these issues doesn't address the real problem. We are an angry culture that has lost its moral compass.
#1 - We have always been a nation with anger issues. People have been doing harmful things for a long time. But there was a moral compass in the fabric of our culture that hedged the horrible from happening. You may have thought of it, but you would never go through with it.
#2 - We no longer have a moral compass to keep the horrible at bay. It didn't matter if you were Christian, Jewish, Atheist or Agnostic. Murder was wrong and that value wasn't negotiable. What happen? Well, when did it become ok to allow our children to murder people in a virtual environment? When did it become ok to stop teaching morals and values?
What can you do?
#1 - Choose to be better. Your values as a follower of Jesus places the highest value possible on life. Every person is a soul that will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Frame your attitude and emotions according to what Jesus and the Apostles taught us.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
#2 - Do not live in fear. Do not be afraid to live your life. Do not be afraid to have an opinion. Do not be afraid to speak up for peace, morals, and values. Don't let this culture of godless humanism and rejection of absolute truth for moral relativism win the day.
Now you might think that this will anger some people, maybe. But the truth is if we don't find our moral compass soon, we will implode.
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
#3 - Rely on God. His truth, The Word of God. God gave us His Word to help us develop a foundation of faith that would never fail us or our fellow man. Read it, learn it. The Church. God gave us His Church for us to be a part of. He created us knowing that we would need each other. Be part of a Church that challenges you to grow in a relationship with Him. Prayer Changes Things. Pray for Las Vegas. Pray for the families who lost loved ones. Pray for those injured that they will receive complete physical and emotional healing. Pray for our country.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, the United States of America, Las Vegas and my family need your help today.
P.S. Talk to your kids. Helping kids to understand what happened and why it happened is a difficult task. #1 Don't blame the world they live in. That only teaches them to be afraid of it. #2 Talk about the need to live Godly lives whereby we love each other as Jesus has loved us. #3 Talk about the fact that there have always been bad people in the world and there will always be. But we will not let them tell us how to live our lives.