No King? No King.

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”[1]

 

God’s heart is breaking and His Spirit is grieved over the tragedy and chaos this nation has experienced just in 2018. Some say from January 1st to February 14th there has been eighteen school shootings. Snopes website, quoting The Washington Post says, “No, only five”[2]. But even one is too many. My heart also breaks, not merely for the Parkland, Florida school shooting victims and their families, but for every school shooting victim since the first, Columbine.

 

Last week this insanity came closer to home. A Jackson Middle School student shot himself in the school restroom and he has now succumbed to his wounds. At first the shooting was thought to be accidental, but later being labeled a suicide.

 

Sadly, it seems the panic arising from the Jackson Middle School shooting may have spurred a social media threat to at least one of our local schools causing several schools to go on lock-down. My twelve-year-old granddaughter told me the day after this shooting, she was afraid to go to school. The Jackson boy wasn’t even in high school yet – he was a seventh grader just like my granddaughter. These shooters are getting younger and younger.

 

We are shocked, frightened to send our children or grandchildren to school. I’ve even heard some mothers considering home-schooling for the first time. We scream, “When will this craziness stop?” But maybe our question should be, “What is the cause?”

 

Revenge for bullying may be the motivation, but despair, most likely, is the root cause. It has overwhelmed them and at such a young age.  No hope.  No one they feel they can turn to. And their parents are left, shattered, grieving, and blaming themselves.

 

But why despair? Doesn’t despair come from a sense of what you believe is right and wrong in your life and the realization you can’t change the wrong things? So they do something unthinkable to force a change. They play God and get rid of the hurt. They want the person or persons who “wronged” them to suffer, feeling these people have no right to live. From where does this mindset come?

 

I have a theory. Did you know it has been 71 years since our, oh so wise, Supreme Court took Thomas Jefferson’s “separation” metaphor out of context? In 1947 they applied it to the Emerson v. The Board of Education case stating, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” This was a lie. Keeping Jefferson’s private letter quote IN context actually proved the First Amendment PROTECTED religious rights FROM governmental control.[3]

 

Fifteen years after this fiasco, the United States commenced reaping the consequences. In 1962 the Supreme Court began systematically removing Christianity from the schools, ruling it unconstitutional for a student to say a voluntary prayer in school.[4] Free love and flower power was born – and now this.

 

Unbeknownst to the Supreme Court, their ruling was doing exactly what Israel did when they demanded the prophet, Samuel, make them a king to judge them like other nations. Of course this displeased Samuel, but the Lord said, “Do it. …They have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”[5]

 

Over one thousand years later, Jesus told a parable about a nobleman who went away to receive a kingdom. Before he left, he gave ten of his servants a mina or talent and commanded, “Do business until I come.” But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’[6]

 

This was Israel’s mindset when Jesus was on trial. “Let Him be crucified…His blood be on us and on our children,” they cried.”[7] And when Pilate asked, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”[8]

 

For too long our nation has sown the wind. Now we’re reaping the whirlwind.[9] We’ve rejected the rule of our heavenly King, as did Israel. And when there is no TRUE King in the land, alas, the people do what they deem right in their own eyes.

 

Oh Lord, be merciful to us sinners![10]

 

[1] Judges 21:25

[2] https://www.snopes.com/2018/02/16/how-many-school-shootings-in-2018/

[3] David Barton, Our Godly Heritage video

[4] Ibid.

[5] I Samuel 8:5-7

[6] Luke 19:11-14

[7] Matthew 27:22-25

[8] John 19:15

[9] Hosea 8:7

[10] Luke 18:13

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