It’s hard to stop looking at the photo: a dad and his daughter. She was gunned down while in school in Nashville this week. Nine years old. A horrible tragedy that I can’t get out of my mind. Not only because of what the parents are going through, but the stupidity of our culture.
I know that it is bad form today to use the word stupid. The Bible doesn’t shy from this:
Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones? Psalm 94:8 NASB
Other translations use the word ‘fool’. This word, too, would today cause horrified, self-righteous gasps. In a world of “homo deus”, where we are commanded to affirm one another, it is offensive to speak of stupidity and foolishness.
But if we do not stop being stupid and foolish, then we will soon find our path leads only to destruction… to weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
No one, and I mean not one of the media articles about this murderous rampage in Nashville, nor any of the others in recent memory, talk about the lack of moral values in the perpetrators or in our culture.
One side of the aisle, as the President did, immediately presume the problem stems from inadequate gun laws. The other side immediately presumes inadequate security at the schools and inadequate prosecution of criminals. No one presumes an inadequate teaching of absolute moral laws. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers today implored the confiscation of guns rather than suggesting that maybe teachers should return to teaching that we are accountable to a Creator who has given us absolute moral laws about the sanctity of life.
How does God see this?
Do you think God is thinking we need better gun laws? Do you think He is thinking that we need more security?
No, God is looking at the moral decay in our culture. He is looking at the sinful heart of man.
The most awkward element of this for the media has been whether to call the shooter a “she” or “he”. Many media outlets are apologizing because they initially went with the police report that this was a woman (which is what they found) and are now horrified that they used the wrong gender identity and committed a misgender offense.
Three nine-year olds died. Three adults died. And we are worried about offending social conventions because of this woman’s gender identity?
Are we so foolish? Are we so stupid?
In Dostoyevsky’s famous quote: “Without God, all things are permissible.”
It goes without saying that our culture is now one that is “without God”. It is bad form to appeal to Him anywhere in the public square, the classroom or the courtroom. It is impermissible to speak of Him in the House or the Senate or from the Executive Throne. He will not be mentioned on the newscast or the late night talk show. You cannot appeal to Him or His moral laws before the school board or the Supreme Court. We have essentially removed our Creator from our cultural discourse.
Therefore, all is permissible… within the new social guidelines.
Today’s social guidelines provide us with the new moral code, which begins with the “homo deus” rule that the individual heart is divine. If the homo divine heart speaks of its new gender and pronouns, the world must bow down and genuflect. It is unassailable. The murderer in Nashville declared she was a man with male pronouns so the media must affirm her, though she is dead, or be guilty of blasphemy. And the new blasphemy laws will get you verbally tarred and feathered, until you repent and conform and affirm, or you will be shunned and cancelled.
We have entered a new form of tyranny.
A tyranny where speaking of “absolute moral law” or “sin” is no longer permissible. Because to do so concedes the Transcendent whom we have previously summarily dispatched. To do so would bring our minds to the horrible foolishness and stupidity of our pathway and the hopelessness that lies before us. For there is no solution to the wickedness of the human heart other than a divine solution. There is nothing in our future, no matter which current side gains the political power to enact more foolish policies, that will stem the tsunami which is heading our way.
Stupidity never ends well.
There will be more children die. From gunshots to suicides. There will be fewer people who want to work. There will be fewer people who care about America at all. There will be fewer people who want to get married. There will be fewer people who will want to have children. There will be fewer people who will want to serve you coffee or meals or deliver your goods or police your community or your home or your business. There will be fewer people who will care about the elderly or the sick. There will be fewer who will want to defend this nation, with or without a uniform. There will fewer people who will care if you live or die, even if you are nine years old.
Selfishness will reign supreme… until the chaos germinates a true tyrant who will rule with an iron fist.
This is the road before us… unless we repent and return to Him.
Dear Remnant, the Lord has given us the direction to see this happen. Your family needs to begin to build deep relationships with your neighbors, praying diligently for them, in the “hope that God will grant them repentance and lead them to a knowledge of the truth, and they will come to their sense and escape from the trap of the devil who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Please be in prayer for the Scruggs and the other families that are in unimaginable grief today.