After Orlando — what’s next?

powerpoint-question-mark-clip-art-561252It seems as if we are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, doesn’t it?  And, there are so many “other shoes” that we almost lose count.  Certain words bring horrific images to mind:  Dallas; Columbine; Twin Towers; Sandy Hook; San Bernardino; Aurora theater; and now, Orlando.  Presidential assassination; high school killings, attack on U.S. soil, elementary  school killings; community center killings, movie theater shooting, and now, a night club massacre.

This is just the tip of a very large iceberg!  In fact, this is like a snowflake on the tip of a very large iceberg!  Things like this happen all across the world every day, and we do not hear about most of them.  When we do, most of us simply cannot comprehend how anyone can think that the mass taking of human life will solve anything.  We can see that those who are bent on bringing this type of destruction will find a way no matter how many rules and regulations are in place.

I’m sure we can echo these thoughts from a long-ago author who wanted to run away from home:

“Oh, that I had wings like a dove!  I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away.  I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”(1)

These words were written by a king – a handsome king – a musician king – a shepherd king – a warrior king.  Later on, King David would write:

“Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace.  I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.” (2)

Now, he sounds like a soul-weary king.  He knew that no matter how many battles he won, there would be another and another and another.  Sort of sounds like today, huh?

For some, the power they feel when people are under their control is intoxicating.  The ensuing grief and pain of others is way off their radar – or else they simply do not care.  They try to fill a bottomless pit in their hearts, and what they think will help is never enough – even when they do what for most of us the unthinkable.

I believe that we become like the person [or things] we think the most about.  Video games are no longer the little yellow pac-circles gobbling up other little pac-circles.  Most are focused on violent destruction of things and people or creatures, and discovering dark pathways to even darker sites.  Movie titles reflect this, too.  I searched online for “current movies” and found titles such as:  The Neon Demon; The Conjuring 2, The Darkness; There’s a Hell Below; The Night Stalker; The Violators; Raman Raghav (following the life of a serial killer); and Warcraft: The Beginning.   TV channels abound with stories involving kidnapping, rape, stalking, killing and sexual escapades.  All these things paint our minds with jagged colors.

When something happens on U.S. soil such as the Orlando night club shootings, people rally together to cry, pray comfort, and support one another.  And, that is a good thing!  The wrenching grief does not put an end to the violence, however.  Just in the past couple days, gun stores were smashed into and numbers of guns stolen in Denver.  Who knows what that will bring.  There’s always something afoot!

The same evil one who tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God’s one command, to refrain from eating the fruit of one tree, is the same one who led into the Holocaust and other current genocides.  Jesus described this one best when he said, “He [the Devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (3)  And, He’s still at it!

So, what do we do?  We have choices to make.  We can walk deeper and deeper into the darkness, OR we can look for the Truth and walk closer and closer its light.  If you have read any of the posts here, it’s no secret Who I recognize as Truth as a follower of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.  The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church to “put everything evil out of your life” and to “wear a new life” patterned after the God Who made us.(4)

The Apostle John has this to say:  “We know that we are of God [if we believe in the name of the Son of God], and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him Who is true, and we are in Him Who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.”(5)

So, what’s next?  We PRAY that people’s hearts will be changed – and we start with our own!  That’s what’s next!

  1. Psalm 55:6-8
  2. Psalm 120:6-7
  3. John 8:44
  4. Colossians 3:5-10
  5. I John 4:13, 19-20


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