“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:13
Every time there is a shooting in America, the gun debate heats up as the liberal media and politicians assault the Second Amendment. Those on the left side of the debate claim that if gun laws were stricter, violent shootings and killings would be eliminated in our society.
In fairness, most of what the left is asking for is not a total elimination of guns owned by citizens, but a greater control of what types of weapons the civilian can own. Most liberals would like to reduce the types of weapons permitted to shotguns, rifles with limited magazines (or maybe even muskets). However, keep in mind, there are those on both sides of the debate that see the limitation of types of weapons allowed as a precursor to the complete removal of all weapons from the American citizen. Many liberals and progressives (communists) think that the government is the only entity that should have guns and that we as a society will only be safe when this goal is achieved. Most conservatives believe that there are already enough laws in the books which are not enforced and that any new laws will result in the eventual demise of the Second Amendment.
The debate of weapons goes deeper than that of the ownership of guns. According to the Bible, there was a time when people were so violent, that God’s solution was a complete reboot of the world through a catastrophic flood. The issue at stake is not the type of weapons used in killings, but what is in the heart of man. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The heart is the seat of the emotions. It is in the heart or “will” of people that violence takes root. Evil men do evil things, because their heart is evil. Evil grows as evil is fed evil thoughts. Hollywood and the liberal media gratify violence through their movies and programming. We’ve heard this before, but it seems like actors and actresses come out against guns, while at the same time, hypocritically act in a role where they profusely kill with all kinds of automatic weapons and high-powered assault rifles. The Roseburg, Oregon shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer was most likely influenced by movies and other media as he wrote on his dating profile.
“It said he enjoyed horror movies, and under hobbies, it listed “killing zombies” along with the “Internet” and other pursuits.”
As more about Harper-Mercer is learned, perhaps we will find that his heart had been fed all kinds of violent ideas. The days of Noah, according to Genesis 6, says that mankind had become so increasingly violent that even their imagination was filled with evil all of the time. Before He finished His mission on earth, Jesus told His disciples there would be a return to the days of Noah. He said, “But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37)
Could it be what we are seeing with shootings like the one in Oregon is a sign that we are in the days of Noah and might this be a warning to mankind that violence is only going to get worse as we approach the return of Christ? If history is destined to repeat itself, then maybe we all should recognize that the only hope for each of us is a genuine relationship with our coming Savior Jesus Christ, because there is another reboot coming and this time it won’t be a flood.