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Invite God back into our society to stop violence

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Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:27 am, Tue Sep 3, 2013.

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has saddened our entire nation. How tragic that the lives of innocent elementary school children and dedicated teachers are cut short in a senseless act of violence.

And while the mental health of the shooter is in question, we must remember that there are many people who struggle with mental illness who don't become mass murderers. Thus, I believe we must look at our current culture.

We live in a culture without a moral compass and, unfortunately, we are seeing the results of this — the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon, the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Virginia Tech University and Columbine High School ... the over 50 million innocent human beings that have been systematically slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers, the uncensored violence on TV, movies and video games, rampant drug abuse, unbridled sexual promiscuity and the demise of the family. We have become a morally bankrupt culture.

How did we get here? By teaching that everything that exists came from nothing in a moment of explosion, and that we are here by random chance through the evolutionary process. There is no Creator, no purpose for our existence and, thus, no hope beyond this life. And without hope and purpose, we have nothing.

This hopelessness leads to anger, which results in the acting out of that anger in unspeakable ways. The natural result of natural selection is the devaluation of life and the rise of "self" centeredness.

Additionally, we are taught that truth is relative, based on one's own reality and experience, and all truths must be accepted as equally valid (the "new" tolerance).

"Self" has become the determining factor of right and wrong, the result being that human dignity and the sanctity of life have been flushed down the sewer of the "enlightened" idea that life is all about "me" — my pleasure, my happiness, my reality and desires, and who cares about anyone or anything else? The current buzzword of our culture sums it up precisely: "Whatever."

Bottom line, we are seeing the tragic results of a culture without God. Evolution and relativism have no room for the one true God. The ACLU, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and similar groups whose primary goal is to rid America of God are getting their way, and the results are terrifying.

We have expelled God from our schools, courthouses, public places and everywhere else we can, and He has left us to our own devices. And when we, fallen mankind, are left to our own devices, disaster is inevitable.

A culture without God is doomed to self-destruct. The events of the last few years have revealed this in the raw reality of these tragedies. Over the next few months, the "experts" will search hard for answers to our culture of death and immorality, but any solutions they come up with will just be Band-Aids on the symptoms. The root of the problem is in the heart, and only God can change the human heart.

The progressive "enlightened" activists have had their way long enough. And the church of Jesus Christ has been silent long enough. We, the church, have failed our society by not being the transforming influence that we have been called to be. How many innocent people will have to be sacrificed on the altar of Godlessness before we say, "That's enough"?

It's way past time to fall on our faces before our God, whom we've snubbed our pompous noses at, and repent of our sins and pray for revival. It's time for the church to stand in the gap and cry out to God on behalf of our nation.

The ball is in our court. God is waiting for us to come back to Him. It could be now or never. What will we do?

Pastor Frank Nolton leads New Hope Community Church in Lodi.

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  • David Diskin posted at 12:39 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    Andy was not referring to his own posts. He's referring to others which were posted here, then later removed.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:46 pm on Wed, Dec 26, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Crowder stated... but apparently only Christian opinions are allowed here.

    I thought Mr. Crowder, who has mocked and ridiculed Christians in many threads, has claimed to be an Atheist and has many posts not deleted. I too am not a Christian and have many posts not removed. I think his current claim that only Christian opinions are allowed has zero merit.

  • Ross Farrow posted at 4:40 pm on Mon, Dec 24, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Andy Crowder: I am not the webmaster and do not make decisions about what is removed. Secondly, my previous response was not due to compliance. I wrote it completely on my own.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 10:55 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Why is the webmaster removing posts that do not violate the rules? Ross Farrow responded to my post, which I do not think he would have done if it was out of compliance, but then the post was removed anyway. Also, there is no "comment removed" message left on the thread as there normally would be. At least three or four posts were removed in this manner today. Why? Mr. Farrow says the paper likes to include a variety of opinions, but apparently only Christian opinions are allowed here.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 5:36 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Mr. Farrow, just out of curiosity, how far does this desire for a variety of "opinions" extend? Would you print a column from Westboro Baptist? If not, why not? And how is Matt Duerr's opinion different? Both praise a god who they believe approves the slaughter of small children.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:35 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    That said Pastor Nolton would have a point IF these kinds of massacares hadn't been happening all through the US history. Maybe not with automatic guns, but people have given into their darkest voices over and over. From Kent State and University of Texas to Nightclubs set on fire, box trucks filled with explosives and even car drivers plowing through motorcycle groups (funny how the last gets so little news). People have been snapping and taking as many as they can with them for a VERY long time. Look at Nero, he burned his own city down (OK, that predates the US but I am using ti to prove the point that this is nothing new.)

    Given this depressing history of man's darkness the real question is how can we, as society, move beyond this. How can we identify and help these troubled people at an earlier age, before they crack? How can we teach to express rage without killing people? Are we to a point in our development that we need to have anger management be a part of our children's education?

  • Ross Farrow posted at 4:21 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Andy Crowder: Just because someone from the public writes a guest column or a letter to the editor doesn't mean our newspaper necessarily agrees with what is expressed. Publishing Pastor Nolton's guest column doesn't mean the News-Sentinel either agrees or disagrees with his sentiments. We would like a variety of opinions on issues submitted to our paper.


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