The past week, the media has been filled with news of Congress coming up with a way to curb violence in our schools due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. The main reaction appears to be outlawing assault rifles. As with anything done in such a quick fashion, this is a knee-jerk reaction to fear. Unfortunately, it is also one that will not solve the problem. It’s a quick fix, basically a band-aid.
As followers of Christ, we shouldn’t have fear, but we do. That’s what makes us human. Psalm 23:4 reads, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Does having fear keep us from being good Christians? No. Usually when there’s a noise outside or we hear a news story of something tragic like a gunman in a school, we have a knee-jerk reaction to be afraid. The noise could be a squirrel and the school could be states away, but we still feel that jolt. And we ask ourselves if something bad is going to happen. What if it happens to me? To my loved one?, etc.
The best way to get over that fear is to turn to your Bible for strength. God is the only one that can give you the peace you need to overcome fear, whether real or imagined. And while reading your Bible, your discomfort will decrease.
We’ve done our best to throw God out of this country then we’re shocked when the Devil moves in. We don’t see the real way to solve our problems. It’s with God. Christians need to reach non-believers so they learn the way to live and treat others.
Until that happens, society will continue to have knee-jerk reactions to our problems.
What are your opinions on how we can keep our schools safe? Do you feel outlawing assault rifles is the answer?