The latest bit of idiocy from the Left happened yesterday. This time it materialized in the form of Barack Obama meeting with the families of the Orlando terror attack victims, not to comfort them, but to stand on the graves of the still-warm bodies of the dead and blame guns and conservatives for a radical Islamic Muslim jihadist slaughtering 50 people at a gay nightclub. You know, because nothing says “I’m sorry for your loss.” quite like “Republicans are a bunch of bigots who hate gays and Muslims, so we need more gun control.” Our pompous and self-righteous leader even had the nerve to refer to the shooter as a “lone wolf” and also added:
Our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist — or just a disturbed individual like those in Aurora or Newtown — to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons, and they can do so legally.”
What an ignorant jerk.
Anyway, Obama wasn’t the only one lecturing us on gun control. Yesterday’s cover of the Boston Globe featured a really big, scary gun with the title “Make It Stop” printed in bold black and red lettering. Unsurprisingly, this quickly turned into a #hashtag that went viral on social media (because everything needs a #hashtag) and then later turned into a #movement hailed by the progressive left as “courageous” — as if it requires courage to Tweet about guns or regurgitate the same old meaningless talking points over and over. Obviously, the Globe’s stand here is more cowardly than brave and it really just mirrors that of President Obama’s. The prevailing view among the left is that, in order to stop bad things from happening, we need more laws, more rules and more regulations. Of course, all of these laws will be stacked on top of all the preexisting laws — none of which have managed to create a violence-free Utopia — and, hopefully, that will, in theory, maybe, perhaps “make it stop.”
In his Orlando-spiel, Obama also said:
The motives of this killer [Mateen] may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar.”
Well, yeah, the “instruments” were guns, specifically in the Orlando shooting, a Sig Sauer MCX .223 caliber rifle — which takes an AR-15 style magazine and ammunition. According to other reports, Mateen also used a Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol, which has a standard magazine capacity of 17 rounds. In the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, Adam Lanza reportedly used a .223-caliber Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, a 10mm Glock 20SF handgun and a 9mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun to kill 20 elementary schoolchildren and six adults. (Of course, the 9/11 terrorists used boxcutters and airplanes and successfully slaughtered almost 3,000 people.) None of this matters to the progressive left, though. As far as they’re concerned, the real problem is the Constitution and if they can just pass enough laws, the whole situation — legally and practically — will be rectified. It’s a silly notion, really, and an immature one. For whatever reason, liberals just can’t seem to get it through their thick skulls that no amount of legislation will ever stop badness or vanquish evil from the face of the earth. But, like colossal fools, they’ll continue to try nonetheless.
Speaking of evil, I’d like to extend this beyond the complexities of the gun control debate for a minute and address our culture’s incessant need to create laws that we assume will prevent catastrophic tragedies like this one from ever happening again. Indeed, such a reaction is only human. In the wake of a mass shooting that leaves 50 people dead, it’s only natural to want to “make it stop.” And it’s only natural to ask the age-old questions like: Why do bad things happen? Where was God? How could He allow this? After the shock and horror subsides, after the funerals are held, after the news trucks leave the scene, many people are often left with the same singular, nagging thought: Surely, this was preventable. I don’t fault politicians like Obama or publications like the Boston Globe for wanting to prevent the senseless slaughtering of innocent lives. I think we all want to put an end to the death and destruction wrought by terrorists and madmen.
The problem is that secular progressives like our president — and many people in general — view “evil” through the lens of science and objectivity, rather than through a lens of biblical spirituality. To the progressive, “evil” is more akin to a virus that can be contained and controlled and, eventually, cured completely. They dole out useless prescriptions in the form of new policies and laws, never once stopping to ask themselves if it’s actually even possible to entirely extinguish evil from society. The answer, obviously, is no. Trying to remove all the violence, sin, wickedness and hate from the world is like trying to remove all the sand from the Sahara desert. It’s an impossible task and a preposterous notion, not to mention that the Sahara desert without sand wouldn’t be the Sahara desert. It wouldn’t be a desert at all.
Our world was never designed to be overrun by the infection of evil, and yet we’ve been dealing with it for centuries — since the original fall of man. Trace everything back to the creation of the Earth and the first two human beings, and you’ll see that our world was designed to be perfect. In fact, it was perfect. We — mankind — rejected that perfection and invited evil into the world when we rebelled against a holy and righteous God. The very fact that evil exists in our culture is our fault. But, being made in the image of God and created for God, we have a naturally ingrained sense of what is right and wrong (even if we don’t always acknowledge it) and we know that evil is not right. We know that it’s un-natural. We know it doesn’t belong here. That’s why humanity is constantly searching for a way to make all the evil “stop,” constantly searching for something or someone that will just make it all go away. Sadly, we’re always looking in the wrong places. We look to the government and corrupt men and doctors and politicians and celebrities and all sorts of false gods. But, the very fact that we think, know or believe that there is something or someone out there who can put an end to it all, should indicate that such a thing or such a being does exist.
As Christians, we know that being does exist and that His name is God. Even better, we know God personally, and we take comfort in the fact that one day He will destroy every form of evil and make the world, the universe, perfect once again. He will cure the infection. He will defeat the Enemy. He will overcome it all. The story of the human race is a wonderful and beautiful story because it’s a story that God is telling and in His story, evil does not have the last word. His death on the cross was not the end. (That’s why we call it Good Friday.) And evil’s reign in our culture is not the end either. It’s only temporary.
So, while we wait for Him, let’s continue to pray. Let’s continue to go to church, to read His Word, to stay close to Him and close to one another. Let’s comfort those who have suffered great losses because of evil, even those with whom we disagree. Let’s tell them about the hope we have and the truths that we believe. And let’s be ready to defend our faith. (Even if that means buying a gun.)
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