Sandy Hook Shooting Newtown, Connecticut… Analyzing A Troubled 20 Year Old

Connecticut School ShootingAs our nation mourns and heals from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut we are bombarded with the question, “What can we do to avoid this ever happening again?” The most popular vibe will be gun control. We will ask why this young man was so angry and crazed to kill his own mother and the children at this school. This young man’s divorced parents have already been observed on the news. The fact that he felt crazed to kill the children too… points to the fact that there was some form of resentment or hatred towards what this class represented. This situation will be analyzed for years. The bottom line is that this leaves us numb and without real answers.

Adam Lanza was twenty years old. That means he was born around 1992. What happened in this young man’s life between 1992-2012 that would cause him to go off the deep end? Was he indulged too much? Was he resentful towards a working mom that he felt valued her class over him? Did money play a part of this? We may never know the answer to these questions.

The fact is that we are seeing this more and more. We are also seeing this from people who look like normal people, like people we see everyday. President Obama’s speech on December 14th, 2012 made reference of putting politics aside and stopping behavior like this, as if we can police this. The fact is that we really have little control over the drug war in America, the drunk drivers killing others, or crazed gunmen going on a killing spree. So who are you going to blame? Are you going to blame a lack of gun control, the rise of divorce, working moms, video games, society in general, or television? What is interesting is that President Obama gave the answer to all the above in his speech but one would have to be a keen listener to have heard it.

At the end of President’s Obama’s speech he said, “May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” There is your answer! Who is the One who heals and binds up wounds? Do you know what he was quoting? Yes the Bible, but more specifically? It was Psalm 147:3. President Obama may not know where this Old Testament scripture is fulfilled but it is fulfilled in the Person of Jesus (Luke 4:18). He is our answer. He was the answer Adam Lanza’s issue. It’s interesting that the name Adam means man because Jesus is the answer to mankind. America can keep on policing everything from elementary schools to the middle east but until we look to the One who controls the heart, we will continue seeing tragedies like this and we will keep on asking. “Why?”barackobamaschoolshootingspeechap_296

Today, make the commitment to become a Christ follower. Admit you are a sinner and need Christ (Romans 3:23). Understand that Jesus loves you and died for your sins (Romans 5:8 & John 3:16). Realize Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Ask Him to be your Lord (boss) and Savior today. You do this through prayer, which is talking to God.

You can pray something like: God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for me on the cross. I realize I am a sinner and that I need forgiveness that only Your Son can provide. I ask that He would save me, cleanse me, and make me His follower and Your child. Thank You for loving me this much to do this. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Now… Please get involved in a Bible believing church and start influencing people from the inside out and stop trying to control them from the outside in.

The Tale of Two Birds… Big Bird and America the Eagle

This 2012 presidential election may end up being the tale of two birds. After Mitt Romney suggests that Big Bird needs to carry his own weight, hundreds of thousands have blown up twitter with unending whining and complaining about Governor Romney trying to kill Big Bird. I think it’s fascinating how we can major on the minors and minor on the majors in this country. Even though we give $430 million to PBS, it is a very small amount when one looks at our 16 trillion dollar deficit, which is almost equally attributed to, by both the democrats and the republicans through the years. And then you have President Obama’s smart aleck remark; “Thank goodness someone is finally getting tough on Big Bird.”

The sad part of all of this is that there is a bigger bird involved in this story. A bird that our forefathers loved, cherished, preserved, and would never have let come this close to dying while bickering about a Sesame Street character. The bird I speak of is America the Eagle.

This administration, along with others in the past has crippled and caged this great bird with taxation without good representation. “We the people” has become we the corporate lobbyist while little has been done about cutting wasteful spending, capping deficit spending, balancing our budgets, and depleting our national deficit. It is time the American people wise up and get tough on President Obama, his administration, the Senate, and Congress, demanding them release this bird and let her sore once again.

Our forefathers did important things to keep this Eagle healthy; they focused on the majors and kept government limited and small. Many often would quote from the Bible, which was cornerstone to their worldview. Today, I believe they would be focusing on our national debt and quoting Proverbs 22:7 which says, “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave” because they would be up in arms if they knew we have allowed this great bird to become a slave to China.

Americans, be careful focusing on Big Bird and not the Big Question. What I find most interesting and the one thing I can honestly say I like about Governor Romney is his litmus test. Whether he gets elected and whether he really applies this test is yet to be determined.

I would throw out President Obama and Governor Romney for a president, a Senate, and a Congress that would honestly apply this test. We should all be asking, “Is this program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?” because how we answer this question will determine if either Big Bird or America the Eagle will survive.