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CLARITY -2-15-18 Tragic Tolerance


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-15-18


Tragic Tolerance

What’s Happening:  “Nobody said anything; nobody was very surprised…when the Florida shooter (17 killed, 15 wounded), 19-year-old ex-student-of-the-school Nikolas Cruz was captured, the details began to emerge: he wore a gas mask, shot with a legally-obtained AR-15, and his social media accounts were full of blatant references to gun threats and even bomb sites visited ( Broward County, Sheriff Israel asked the local community to report any suspicious activity, especially online so to avoid ‘a major tragedy like this devastation that happened in Parkland tonight.’”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, you’re not blaming the attack on our culture!’”


Biblical Response:  “Uh, yeah! I mean, Nikolas Cruz is majorly to blame for his premeditated murderous acts…but everyone who could have reported his obvious violent speech and social-media craziness must also share in the blame. Have we created such an air of tolerance that we just ignore the warning signs of aberrant behavior? He sought mental health help a year earlier…he was expelled from the same school for bad behavior…nobody was surprised by his acts…but nobody said anything, either. Sure, there will be renewed calls for gun control, more security at schools, and mental health laws…but nothing will help in a culture that allows everything in the name of tolerance.”


“Christians? Sure, this is the time to weep (Rom. 12:15)…and the time for prayer (Phil. 4:6)…but it may be the time to act, too…and be prepared (Amos 4:12)…or be repaired!


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we lift up those who have lost someone in the recent shooting or who may be wounded; also, give us common sense, not reactionary anger; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent


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