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Victims of a Sick Society

Guns are not the problem. And banning certain kinds of guns won’t stop the killing. The worst school massacre in U.S. history--the Bath, Mich., school attack in 1927--was carried out with dynamite.

There was no handgun or “assault weapon” in sight when Andrew Kehoe brought down the building. And Lefties who have never touched a gun in their life apparently aren’t aware that it’s only a little harder to kill a lot of people using a revolver with several speed loaders, or by using three loaded pump action shotguns instead of one. Someone who wants to commit a mass killing will find a way.

Our real problem is that we are a gravely sick society that has turned its back on God and worships violence as entertainment. Many Americans have been taught from an early age that they are only highly evolved animals, without honor; not special or unique; only material and energy belched from a cold, silent cosmos; that there is no universal moral code, and what man decides is right or wrong is subject only to opinion polls or whim.

It’s far easier for our leaders to ban a weapon, a piece of metal, than to tackle the real problem. Not only because the real problem is so vast and deep and cannot be legislated away, but also because looking honestly at the real problem exposes the total failure of the false secularism pushed by the elites. It also lays bare the rampant spiritual emptiness in America and our desperate need for God.

Any critique of the worship of violence in America must begin in the Church, which has turned a blind eye to blood lust as sin. Many evangelicals who would never curse or drink alcohol have no problem watching the worst scenes of violence on film, or letting their children view them. I was in a Christian home where the parents had a “cuss filter” installed on their TV to bleep out curse words, but let their children view scenes from a film showing horrible violence, including a decapitation.

The first century church would have roundly condemned American Christians’ near total blind spot when it comes to violence as entertainment. They were victims of the blood lust that pervaded pagan Rome. They saw humans, created by God, cut open, fed to wild animals, or set on fire for entertainment purposes, just like a lot of Hollywood movies. They knew that watching humans suffer and die for amusement was a pagan practice and sinful.

But Roman Christians would eventually become desensitized themselves and, ironically, would not ban the carnage of the Coliseum when Rome was finally “Christianized.” American culture, too, has become almost totally de-sensitized to the worst depictions of violence as entertainment.

Feed a mentally ill person like Adam Lanza or James Holmes a lifetime supply of hardcore violence from films and video games, after having taken away the bedrock concept that humans are created in God’s image and therefore special, and we should expect more mass killings. It’s why good men and women should arm themselves now. More will die.

Meanwhile, banning guns should be viewed for what it is: a political fraud perpetrated by a morally darkened elite who either don’t know what’s really wrong with America or don’t care, and a dangerous power grab by those who want to use chaos to impose incremental tyranny.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:06 PM

Comments on this post

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

The best summation yet of what is wrong with America! I agree with this article completely and I believe we will certainly see this power grab by the left who do want to use these incidents to impose a tyrannical agenda upon this country. God help us and our children if that happens!
Left by ruti46 on Dec 20, 2012 1:47 AM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

Good comparison between First-Century Coliseum and our fascination with violence in TV and movies. Anyone else feeling convicted?
Left by bgomez on Dec 20, 2012 10:09 AM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

Could those wanting to ban guns but not violent movies be the ones who are making the most money on those movies? Just like drugs you have to dry up the need for them before you see progress.
Left by KellieC on Dec 20, 2012 12:44 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

What a powerful commentary full of clear cut truth! I wish we had just one commentator of that kind and Christian format in our politically correct, ultra-conforming atheist media disaster here (Germany).
Left by hallo juergen on Dec 21, 2012 3:07 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

The controlling ELITE don't want to face the reality of the problem, for this would mean less Control for them, so they offer a Band Aid Solution that sounds like they are addressing the problem without the need of God.

Good Stuff Dale!
Left by Michael H. Zapareski on Dec 24, 2012 12:55 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

Good column Dale, I agree with most of what you said, howver guns do make it easier to kill. Some control and I underline the word some is necessary. The inescapable truth however is that the people behind the guns kill.
Left by Guy Betz on Dec 28, 2012 12:45 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

Dale argues that the early Roman Christians condemned violence and were torn apart, tortured and killed at the hands of the violent Roman society. He correctly points out that this is a proper 'Christian' reponse. He then concludes that our society is equally violent and due to the fact that it is so out of control from violent games, films and media; along with teachings that men are not created in God's image.

Then Dale reasons that more killings should be expected and that a proper response is as he says, "why good men and women should arm themselves now."

So this is the Christian response we have learned from our 1st century Roman Christian brothers and sisters? This is what they did? Armed themselves and violently opposed the violence they faced? Not sure Jesus ever said to do that. I think Jesus (and all his disciples) spoke about suffering and dying, not arming and killing as a response to sinful violence. You will be persecuted they taught, or have we forgotten?
Left by Christop on Dec 30, 2012 7:13 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

Dale,before spending part of this article explaining how first century Christians in Roman society opposed the violence of thier day you say that our current culture's addiction to violence "lays bare the rampant spiritual emptiness in America and our desperate need for God."

Absolutely true. But then you conclude that this addiction to violence and our denial that we are created in God's image and therefore special, you recommend that 'good men and women' arm themselves now.

Is that what the first century Christians did? Arm themselves to kill there fellow citizens who had become violent monsters? Is that what the disciples did? Is that what Jesus did? No, they all gave their lives in love and grace and did not take lives in fear and revenge.

We American Christians apparently have forgotten our Christian history and past. It teaches us about sacrificial love,servanthood, and forgiveness of a fallen society. Not about arming ourselves.
Left by Christop on Jan 03, 2013 1:51 PM

# RE: Victims of a Sick Society

You said the exact words that I have spoken for years, especially now that I am an ex-aheist, as of a year ago. I see the evil and was raised to endulge in evil activities by my father, which included horror movies, etc... I know this is a sick world and I pray that men, women, and children will know the Living God, Jesus Christ. The root of the problem is the individual(s). God bless you and thank you for saying what the Holy Spirit has lead you to understand of this world.
Left by Crystal Rollison on Jan 15, 2013 5:44 PM