Texas Governer Greg Abbott made some waves last week when he dared to defy the national media’s narrative citing racism as the cause of our nation’s mass shooting problem.
Rather than parrot the talking points of every person on cable television, Governor Abbott boldly stated that it was a lack of God for the reason why we have so many willing to end the lives of others.
“As long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick Him out of the town square and our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect?”
Good question, governor. In a society that is morally falling apart, now more than ever we need to seek God.
Of course, a lot of people will scoff at this notion that we need to make faith a priority. Heaven forbid we start valuing one another as creations of a Holy Father…
Here’s what the governor is saying: we don’t value one another. We constantly pick fights with total strangers online. We don’t spend time as a community together like we used to. There’s less REAL interaction these days, yet we are more connected than ever.
The church fixes a lot of these issues. For the lonely, there’s community. For the spiritually lost, there are answers and people looking to help. For the depressed, there are those waiting to surround you in love.
This is what Abbott, and those alike are talking about when they say we need more God. We need more LOVE in this world, not hate. We need to focus on the things that unify us, not reasons to squabble.
This starts at an individual level. Take steps daily to show God’s love to the world. If more people did that, imagine how many lives would be impacted. Imagine the lonely kid who is shown the love of God through a total stranger’s act of kindness, whatever that may be.
That’s the America we should strive to become. A nation of people that are slow to anger, and quick to listen. Maybe we’d actually get something done.
Franklin Graham also thinks we need God now more than ever. A month ago he wrote a long piece in which he said that “unless our nation calls on God and we turn our hearts toward Him, violence of all types will only continue to escalate.”
“Many people today do not take God at His Word. They want to make up a belief system to fit a secular society. This is where we get into trouble—listening to what others say instead of what God says.
In the midst of dark times for the nation of Judah, God told his prophet, “You shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth’ ” (Jeremiah 7:28, NASB).
Christianity is defined by God’s Word—not man’s. For 2,000 years the church has taken its instructions from the Bible. The Bible doesn’t contain God’s Word—the Bible is God’s Word. That is why for nearly 80 years my father often started his statements with, “The Bible says … .” He stood firm, by faith, on what the Bible says.”
Our society has fundamentally rejected the Word of God. We need to get back to that, or else we will perish.