The Only Way to Stop the Shootings

Posted on November 8, 2018

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By David Ettinger

Old Ground
cal shootingOn the night of Wednesday, November 7, 2018, a man with a gun entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, and gunned down 12 people. He then took his own lie.

In writing about another shooting here in the U.S., I am, of course, going over old ground. Mass shootings in the U.S. are increasing, and there is only so much I can say about them which I haven’t said before.

Therefore, I’ll be brief, but I will give the links below to previous articles I’ve written on this subject.

The Reason
Of course politicians and the talking heads in the media will blame governmental officials of the two main parties, and others will point to the need for greater gun control. There is some merit to these arguments, but not much.

The reason for the carnage here in the U.S., and all Western nations, is not earthly, but spiritual. Regarding the U.S., we are a nation founded on Judeo-Christian ethics, but have spent the past century or so denying these ethics. We have told God again and again to leave us alone, and this is precisely what He is doing. I believe that for much of our history, the Lord has, to a degree, provided a protective hedge over us. After all, in the modern era at least, war has not touched our shores – whether through land, sea, or air.

Rather, the U.S. has been imploding. Attacks have been coming from within, and they are dividing our nation and eroding our confidence and security. The divisions in the U.S. are extensive on every level – racially, politically, morally, and religiously – and, as long as we continue to forsake God, we will continue to erode from within.

hands prayingHas God “ordained” the terrible occurrences happening within our borders? I don’t believe so. Rather, I believe He is continually pulling back his protective hedge and allowing natural and Satanically-induced evil to have its way.

The Only Answer
Gun-control laws and different sets of politicians running our nation won’t solve anything. The only answer for the U.S. is for us to fall on our collective faces, confess our rampant sin, and seek God’s mercy. Only then, by living in obedience to the God of all creation, will the shootings and other such tragedies end.

Personally, I don’t see this happening. I believe America – and the rest of the West – has surpassed the point of no return. Judgment is drawing near. Yet, God still holds out the opportunity for forgiveness. It is still in our grasp, but quickly slipping away.

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