Wayne Weekly “Deep in the Heart of Texans”
Written by Wayne Taylor on May 18, 2018
By now you are most likely aware of yet another rampage of murder. Shooting victims (I think that makes five incidents in Texas since 2013). Gun violence, a weapon of convenience in many cases, are becoming a common occurrence in America.
Now, I am one to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, but I am not so keen on flawed background checks, automatic weapons, and even some semi-automatic weapons. I will have to be honest, I did not grow up in a home with any guns. I never hunted. I only obtained and learned how to shoot a shotgun sometime in the mid-nineties. I only shot at cans and paper targets. With a shotgun, they’re kind of hard to miss. I did not serve in the military.
With those things in mind, I may be a bit “gun shy”. I am sure that affects my perception of rifles and other firearms. But I am not so foolish to “jump the gun” and rally to ban all guns. I want to make that clear.
This recent shooting in a Texas school is tragic, of course. But what is even more tragic is an environment that creates hostile young people, or one that feeds kids psychotic drugs under the guise of trying to help them cope with a messed up perception of life, or just to keep them from being a bit hyper. Yes, some medicine may sincerely be needed, but you know it’s not candy.
Our country talks much of the abuse of prescription drugs, but I never seem to see that much is being done to stop the pillaging of young lives by the pharmaceutical world. Maybe I’m missing something.
The common denominator to this destruction of lives, however, is sin. God has set up guidelines for moral law, for acceptable social norms, for what is a “family”. Turn away from His instruction, generally spells doom in some degree.
Many in our country are mourning for the young students whose lives were brutally snatched away from them, and in an instant of terror. Many in Texas are grieving for their friends and neighbors. Many crying out for an answer to the mayhem. Oh that the church of Jesus Christ would rise up and boldly live and declare the solution in even a greater way then they did yesterday.
The stars at night, aren’t shining so brightly tonight. The hurt is great, the questions are many, “deep in the heart of Texans”.
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8