Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Increase in Murder-Suicide

During the past months we have seen a significant increase in the number of murders, murder-suicides, school shootings, law enforcement related deaths, and even our churches are now killing fields. I was recently asked what might be the cause of this increase.

Certainly the economic downturn has an effect on the emotional stability of those directly affected. The stress of losing much of your life’s work and investment can be a portion of the problem. Socially, we have developed a philosophy that allows the individual to justify any action felt. Morally, we have devalued the life of the individual. The rampant progress of abortion laws and the growing practice of euthanasia create a lack of concern for life. Culturally, the increase of violence on television, in movies, and particularly in video games has desensitized us from the reality of death.

However, I think the greatest influence has been the growing secularization of our nation. When we remove the God of the Bible, prayer, and righteousness from our daily life we are creating an environment whereby evil can have more influence. We must never forget that there is evil in the world. This evil left unchecked will lead to depths wickedness and debauchery that we cannot comprehend. The words of I Peter 5:8 rings true, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

I submit to you the greatest need of our nation is to experience a genuine spiritual awakening. Faith in the Lord Jesus is the only answer to the problems we face.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan. We do not believe we are at war. We do not know where the battleground is located, and, in spite of our weapons, they are neither loaded nor aimed at the right target. We are unaware of how vulnerable we are. We are better fitted for a parade that for an amphibious landing.”
--Ed Silvoso


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