“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

(2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; 10-12) [Emphasis mine]

With all the bad decisions we have seen by world leaders lately, it makes me wonder if this has not already occurred. Has God sent a strong delusion—not only to world leaders, but also to many people on earth?

Take for example the reaction to the recent mass shootings and gun violence. Many believe, like so many politicians, that stricter gun laws are the solution. But most of the guns used in violent crimes are purchased illegally. Some guns are purchased and used for violent crimes by kids as young as 12 years old! So common sense would dictate that tougher gun laws would not have done anything to prevent those crimes.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/08/25/15339/firearms-used-homicides-often-purchased-illegally

Police used to be able to stop and frisk those they deemed suspicious in order to prevent crime. But most states have now outlawed “stop and frisk laws” saying that it is unconstitutional and encourages profiling innocent citizens. Can you imagine watching a 12 or 14 year old child walking or riding his bicycle down a street with a large gun-shaped bulge in his pocket NOT looking suspicious?

On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises”. The gunman, James Holmes, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and using a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic rifle, a Remington shotgun and a Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol shot into the audience. 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured.

On October 1, 2015, Christopher Harper-Mercer, killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where he was a student. According to The Associated Press, he was armed with six guns, including a Glock pistol, a Smith & Wesson pistol, a Taurus pistol and a Del-Ton assault rifle.

Would a reasonable person think that stopping someone carrying several weapons on them would be considered a violation of his constitutional rights?

But THAT is the problem. Everyone is trying to solve our gun violence problem with unreasonable solutions!

God’s solution:

The more humanity seeks to live by its own rules and rejecting God’s rules, the more we see the sad results of doing so. Lost humanity seeks to exercise their perceived right to rule their own lives. As long as this thinking permeates society, we can expect to see even more violence. When we reject God’s way of doing things, there is simply no other outcome.

It is clearly the heart of mankind that causes people to do the unspeakably evil they do. The apostle James writes: “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” (James 4:1-2 ESV)

Sinful mankind’s natural tendency is selfishness—and if not restrained, they will do whatever it takes to get what they want. Many of the most heinous crimes have been perpetrated out of anger, lust or desire. People have acted out in terrible ways attempting to fulfill their need for these. However, our desires can only be met in a relationship with God. This is God’s solution to violence—a changed heart.

When one turns his or her heart over to God, the blood of Jesus washes that heart clean and gives us new desires. No longer will anger, loneliness, heartbreak, or any other selfish un-godly thought be one’s motivation. Instead of those evil fleshly desires, one is filled with life and peace and the former tendencies are done away with. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:5-7)

A person who is truly surrendered to God does not commit things like the horrific acts we have witnessed lately. There is no other permanent cure for violence, gun or otherwise, except the complete regeneration of a person’s heart by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And this only comes when one repents of his or her sin and dedicates their lives to loving and serving God.

The kinds of tragedies that we are seeing should serve as a wake-up call for humankind. It should make it painfully clear that we are doing something wrong. And yet, many will continue to live their lives selfishly, on their own terms. To them I say, “How’s that working for you?”

As Christians, we should be even more motivated to live, and love as Jesus did—and lead a more Christ-like existence while we still have breath in us. I pray that God will soon use his spirit to convict people to repent and surrender their heart, mind and spirit to him.

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)

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