Another mass murder. In fact, there were two horrific assaults within hours of each other, and in different parts of the country – one in El Paso and one in Dayton, Ohio. And media personalities cry out, “Why?” And their next cry is for “Gun Control” – as if gun control is going to protect people from murder. If only they would recognize that if the innocent people’s guns are taken away, the criminals will still have them – and the dictators of tyranny will use the opportunity to murder defenseless millions.
Here are some of the most evil dictators in recent history as listed on several Internet sources (numbers may vary). Mao Zedong killed as many as 78 million.
Josef Stalin killed 23 million. Adolf Hitler killed 17 million. Leopold II of Belgium killed up to 15 million. Hideki Tojo of Japan killed 5 million. Pol Pot of Cambodia killed 1.7 million. And, all of them disarmed their victims to attain and maintain absolute power.
The problem is not the availability of guns, or the lack of gun control laws. The problem is one of the human heart, the lostness of the soul, the depraved nature of humanity. But, the popular culture says that people are basically good. And therein lies a problem, the popular culture is misinformed or does not understand, or even want to know, the truth about people. It takes more than human strength to change people. It takes divine intervention to change hearts and lives - and recognition that that is what it takes.
The greatest legal problem we have is the overabundance of God Control laws. God has been driven out of our culture. Bibles are forbidden in many schools, even though the Bible was the primary resource of schools when our nation was founded. The Ivy League universities were originally established as Christian institutions. Now the Ten Commandments are not allowed in many courtrooms, but they are carved into the stone walls of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Yet, the popular culture is quick and consistent to condemn their application. John Adams said it well: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
It’s the age-old struggle between evil and good, and between man and God. “God made man in His own image, and Man returned the favor,” according to Mark Twain and others. Man should represent the image of God, but Man arrogantly prefers to be himself, in spite of God. Trouble is that most people think it is man’s responsibility to define God, and it’s really the other way around. Every religion on the earth is the creation of Man, except two, and those should be considered one. Jewish and Christian, or “Judeo-Christian.” The “progressive” who wants to get away from that should be considered “regressive.”
There is no other religion that has a living Savior. The founders of every other ancient religion are dead. Only Christ walked among men, lived a sinless life, gave Himself up to the most tortuous kind of death, and three days later rose from the dead. Over 500 eye witnesses of Him in his resurrected body have testified to the truth. His resurrection is confirmed by historical records outside of the Bible. And, he was predicted by the prophets of ancient Israel over 300 times in the ancient scriptures. Yet he was not recognized by most of His own people, the Jews. Most of them still do not recognize Him.
And, Jesus summarized the ten commandments into two. Matthew 22:36-40 - “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
How can we surrender our God given rights to a human government when we know from history that government will take away more than we would ever want to surrender? And, how can we ignore the life of Jesus, His instruction and His promises?
Peter F. Snyder