Is there a connection with condition of the body of Christ and the state of America?
I wanted to write this post a while ago, but had a roller coaster of a week. This topic has been on my heart because of the recent school shootings, one of which was a few miles away from where I was stationed while serving in the Navy.
According to CNN.com so far in 2018 there has been 17 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. In 2015 the Charleston church shooting killed 9 people and in 2017 the Sutherland Springs church shooting killed 27. The 2017 Las Vegas shooting killed 59 and injured hundreds.
I’m not really a “news person”, but in the Charleston and Las Vegas shooting I know people that were personally affected. So those shootings hit close to home.
Last weekend it was hard to avoid the news, radio, and even live demonstrations for banning guns. Various interviews from teens and adults against gun violence made me think about the state were in not only in America but in the church.
This is just my opinion
I feel like banning guns may not solve the problem of mass shootings. When Jesus cursed the fig tree the next day it withered from its roots (Mark 11:20-21). I believe the solution to mass shootings is rooted in prayer. With reports of shootings, bombing, and protesting, the land of the free lately has been looking like a war zone. My heart goes out to those that have been affected, but the #neveragain movement starts on the knees of those that believe in Jesus Christ.
The talk of Jesus, God, prayer, and the Bible has been a taboo at schools, football games, on mainstream TV, and sadly even some churches. Little by little the views of the Bible has been exchanged for petty compromises and words that carry less offense. The church is beginning to tolerate more and more of what the world has to offer. Sermons are more about light fluff woven with plugs and advertisements about the next church event.
Not to long ago I brought my Bible to work. Yes, not my phone app but my actual big purple leather back Bible. When I walked in for my shift and placed my Bible on the counter, the way my co-workers looked at it you would think I brought in a M4 riffle.
This topic goes deep, but I wanted to briefly share my heart on the matter. As the church continue to pray, because prayer is the only way to produce a real change.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV