When I first sat down to write about Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, my article was passionate with fire and tears. And then I waited. Each morning I have prayed to God and asked, “What do you want me to say?” Finally a peace has entered my heart and I am ready to address this tragedy.
This is not a gun thing, it is a people thing. We are the problem and the reason children are killing children. We have not provided the proper environments for them to grow up. We have made it hard on families to survive and have allowed others to draw the lines of hate and difference down each one of us. American humanity is why school shootings are occurring.
In America, information is instant, violence is revered, and success is measured in millions of dollars and how many shiny things you own. We, humans, possess no real worth, except what the world whispers in our ears. Even in our church pews, we see the disintegration of love, faith, and hope. For when the church doors open and everyone drives away, it is just another event checked off our weekly to do list.
In James 1:23 -24 we are told…
“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
Americans and American Christians have forgotten what we look like and have allowed others to wipe away our faces! Therefore, we are to blame for the 17 lives lost on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida!
The reasons are numerous, as to why we have lost our reflection. And change is going to be a huge task with a lot of people coming together. But it can be done!
One of the reasons, I think mental illness is so rampant is because of our healthcare system and the conglomerate of Pharmaceutical companies. We can not afford to take care of ourselves and our children. I know if I were a Physician or an owner of a Pharmaceutical company, I would not be wealthy. Because how much money do you really need to live on. You can’t take it with you, when you die. And you can’t buy more time to live, because God does not take bribes.
So why the enormous amount of wealth accumulation? Power? You are nothing before the omniscient God and look pretty pathetic in mine. And, if you want to be revered for your work, make it available to everyone, not because you own a Ferrari. You are not the things you own, in the end, but what you have contributed to humanity.
Our communities are another problem and how we outcast those who are not what we consider to be normal. For what? Do we see ourselves as a better part of a species, because we don’t have issues? Please, we are stinking, rotten manure when we don’t acknowledge respect and love to all humans! Especially those who are different.
Please, for the sake of the children, open your heart to real change. Take action, don’t talk about it. And if you are a community leader or elected official, you need to forget yourself and your agenda. You need to do what is right for American children! Strip away the labels (Democrat/Republican) and come forward to the altar of God. Repent of your selfishness and vow to do what is right! Listen to what Jesus says to you and then do it!
Today the American mirror shows a face resembling Dorian Gray, but tomorrow it could resemble Jesus Christ, if we try!
May God bless those in Parkland, Florida with His love and comfort!!