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Crimes of Blood

By Watchman | January 12, 2013

Make a chain, for the land is filled with crimes of blood, and the city is full of violence…Destruction comes; they will seek peace, but there shall be none.  Disaster will come upon disaster, and rumor will be upon rumor…(Ezekiel 7: 23, 25-26)

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  (John 1: 4-5)

     By now, there is probably no one in any civilized country who has not heard of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and of its inevitable consequences.  Already a large segment of our predominantly leftist government is calling for increased gun control while those on the right are justifiably concerned that this will lead to an inhibition of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  I realize that I probably cannot say anything about this that others have not already said, and some may have even presented the case far more eloquently than I can, but I feel led to add to the conversations the whole horrible situation gave rise to.  As a nation and as a people, we are not looking in the correct place for answers.   As Ezekiel once wrote of Israel, our land is filled with crimes of blood.  As we look for the underlying causes, too many of us are ready to blame the ownership of weapons or the taking of drugs because we do not want to face the truth.  Our land is filled with crimes of blood because we have a problem of sin and evil.

     Saying that guns are the main cause of the killings is akin to my blaming my computer for my lack of grammar and knowledge of punctuation.  Knives do not jump about on their own and slash at throats without a guiding hand.  Explosives do not detonate without being conceived by human employment.  If we choose to try to keep more tragedies from taking place, then we have to realistically address the problem of sin in our land.  Evil exists apart from the concrete objects we can pick up and hold:  take away these objects, and the evil will still persist.  It will persist as long as we remain blissfully unaware that we are feeding the evil by our determination to remove the acknowledgement of God as our ultimate authority.  It will persist as long as we continue to demand that Jesus is just another way to reach God instead proclaiming Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  It will continue as long as we allow those in public office and those in our media to try and shame us out of righteousness by declaring that the word of God is sinful, hateful and outdated.

     As always after a tragedy has occurred, I have heard the question, “So where was your God when the children were shot?  Why didn’t God strike the shooter dead before He allowed the killing of innocent children?”  I cannot completely answer.   I do not believe anyone can, although many pastors say they have the answer.  All I can say, is that these were little children, and so God had His loving arms around each and every one of them.  He did not intervene, because we have had no hesitancy in telling Him to mind His own business and leave us alone.  We have told Him we do not need Him in our schools, in our government, in our daily lives and in the daily lives of our children.  We have told Him He was wrong to say, “I am the Lord Your God…You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)  He was unreasonable to warn us against lust, blasphemy, adultery and covetousness.  He was wrong to make laws against homosexuality and promiscuity, and He had no business inflicting these beliefs onto our children.  Yet God has warned us repeatedly, that whoever harms one of His little ones or causes him to sin, “it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Yes, an evil man killed so many of God’s little ones, but he will receive his just due.  God will not allow him to go unpunished.  But what of we who are teaching our children to be accepting of sin and depravity?  Are we not just as to blame for the attempt to destroy their eternal souls?   Evil is among us.  Sinfulness is scoffed at, and we who abhor sin are laughed at as fools and uneducated fanatics.  There seems little hope that our nation will acknowledge its sin and call upon our God for forgiveness and healing.

     Violence will not end because we abolish some of our gun rights; it will not end even if we confiscate every knife, stone, hammer, tire iron, poison, etc. in the world.  There is violence because we are refusing to accept the atoning blood of our Lord Jesus for our sins.  There is an increase in violence because we are not accepting His great offer of love…and there can be no true love apart from His presence.  There is no real goodness apart from Him.  There is no virtue or attribute worth having if it does not come from Him.

      There is still some really, really Good News in all of this!  No matter how many crimes are committed around us, and no matter how we have lived our lives up to this point, Jesus is still our Savior and is waiting for the chance to forgive our sins and grant us eternal life in His presence.  I don’t know when He is returning for those of us who love Him, but I do know He has made the way for all of us to receive His free gift of  grace and forgiveness.  We may not have a great deal of time in which to choose who or what we will serve, but I pray that everyone who reads this will come to say as Joshua did, “..but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)


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One Response to “Crimes of Blood”

  1. Shirley Says:
    January 12th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This “cry” from you, as God’s Watchman, is an answer to my prayer that someone with your calling would be given words from God to share and warn this nation, this world, about the underlying cause of these atrocities. Thank you for your obedience. Thank you for hearing the call and for writing the words for eyes that will see and ears that will hear God’s warnings and pleas. He has spoken to us through His Word, The Holy Scriptures. Alas, there are not many who are picking up that Holy Book. Perhaps these souls will read what you have heard and proclaimed.