This Is Not The Hate-Crime You Are Looking For

An abusive, mentally unstable progressive atheist who was court-martialed for beating his wife and cracking his infant child’s skull, murders a bunch of unarmed conservative Christians in cold blood, and the Democrats want to blame….Republicans. For not passing stricter gun control laws. And, oh by the way, if the EXISTING gun laws had been properly enforced, they would have prevented the shooter from purchasing the rifle.  As if obeying the law was really all that high on the list for a serial wife-beater and child abuser who had already decided in his heart to find a way to kill a whole bunch of people.

Why isn’t this shooting in a Texas church being branded a hate crime? Is it only possible to commit a “hate crime” against people who aren’t white, or Christian? If a white guy walked into a Mosque and mowed down Muslim families in job lots, oh lord the collective societal outrage! Cries for tolerance, admonitions against reprisals, calls to take a deeper look at how Muslims and Islam are perceived in our society.

It happens to a room full of Christians and the primary response is…more gun control??? Never mind the fact that the guy who stopped the shooter used one of those nasty, black “assault rifles” to do it. One which he legally owned and was trained to use. Hmmm….

Dylann Roof killed nine black people in a church, and we were awash in analysis of his racist ideology, with panel discussions and editorials and “in-depth looks” about his motivations, the roots of his hatred, and his links to white supremacist organizations.

Nobody seems to want to talk all that much about the spiritual and political ideology of this particular shooter, or what led him to target a room full of Christian families as his victims. Instead it’s the all-too-predictably shocked refrain of, “Do you know how many GUNS there are in America??!!?!”

Would this massacre have been less or more horrendous or “problematic” if it had been a Muslim suicide bomber using C4 instead of a white guy using 5.56? The media mouthpieces always want to talk about the killer’s ideology, until it doesn’t fit The Narrative, and then it’s all about the weapon used. Or what social injustice “drove” him to do it.

Blaming these deaths on a gun is a cheap, theatrical, and disingenuous cop-out. It’s an easy distraction from looking at the much more serious issue of what this psychopath believed that led him to target the people he did.

Because you just KNOW that if it had been a fringe “Christian” wacko shooting up an abortion clinic, that’s all anyone would be talking about.

Thoughts From My Quiet Time: Hush now. Be Still.

Sometimes when we come before God  in a moment of crisis or confusion or uncertainty, when we lift our face to him in supplication seeking his guidance, some sort of answer or direction, instead we get something unexpected. Sometimes there are no great insights, no grand visions or prophecies, no “word from the Lord.” Sometimes, it’s just….”Shhhh. Hush now. Be still.

How many times as a parent have you had a child rush up to you full of hurt or anger or confusion, and they climb up in your lap and pour out their thoughts or fears with such intensity, sometimes with tears in their eyes, and you realize that the first and best thing they need is simply…comfort.  “Shhhhh.., “you whisper. “Hush.” You rock them a little, you wipe away some tears, you smooth their hair, and sometimes all you do is just hold them against your chest, let them cry, and you whisper softly, over and over, “Shhhh, now. It’s okay. I’ve got you. Shhhhh...”

Sometimes people need comfort more than they need answers. And sometimes that’s enough. Sometimes it’s just enough to know that there’s a place we can go, a lap we can crawl up into, a comforting hand for our forehead and gentle fingers to wipe away our tears. Sometimes it’s just enough to be loved.

God is a good one for giving us what we need, more than what we think we want. And sometimes all we really need…is to know that He is there.

Thoughts from my Quiet Time: Sometimes, It's Really Not About You.

Going through my Oswald Chambers for today and he takes on the concept of “suffering” in terms of God and the Bible, referring to 1st Peter Chapt. 4 &5. Reading through all that really got me to thinking.

God repeatedly speaks of suffering as though it is a good thing!? That is not only inevitable but desirable?!  Why it this?

Because if we understand that it is inevitable, we will have a different attitude about it. We will be better equipped to face it rather than surprised by it.  And more importantly perhaps, we will have the awareness and foresight to look beyond our immediate circumstance and our own condition, and begin to look for the purposes of God in what we are enduring.  Why has he led me here? What purposes are being served?

This trial, this suffering may not even be about me. I may have been placed here to minister to someone else, or accomplish a mission, purpose or goal far beyond my own narrow vision.  And if I am only looking at myself, focused so completely on the depths of my own personal inconvenience, I may miss that opportunity entirely!

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NASB)

Challenge: Am I so focused on my own condition that I may be missing the work God is doing around and through me? Lord, help me to daily remember that even in times of sorrow, suffering or persecution, you are there. Help me be open to your will, no matter the circumstance.