Last week, Steve Scalise, congressman from the 1st district of Louisiana and House Majority Whip, was shot and very nearly killed by what appears to have been a politically motivated act.
Congressman Scalise’s physician apprised his situation as improving. He believes that Congressman Scalise will walk and hopes that he may even run. If he does, it will have been a remarkable recovery. The same doctor noted how death was imminent when he entered the hospital.
We can certainly give thanks that no one was killed even though Senator Rand Paul noted that except for two brave police officers it would have been a “killing field” and a “massacre.”
America is in a bad place.
How did we get here and what does it show us about ourselves? Here are a few of the very bad things we can see about ourselves.
First, we no longer value the constitution of the United States. This may have occurred because we no longer know or value the world view upon which it is based–that of Scripture and the Judeo-Christian belief system. One of the men of our church teaches a university course on the Constitution, a subject that very few students entering college know anything about.
Second, this shooting and so much else in America shows that we no longer value human life. We used to be shining beacon of the value of humans. Roe v. Wade and the slaughter in many of our cities shows this is no longer the case.
Third, more than anything else, the shooting of Steve Scalise shows a lack of respect and dignity for others. When the congressman was shot, Twitter and other social media blew up with people who approved and were glad. We have lost the sense that every person is created in the image of God and that “all men are created equal.”
This list could go on and on.
Finally, it shows us how far we are as a nation from God. O God, we need Your mercy and grace and how we need Your Spirit to sweep over our land.
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