McDowell Technical Community College

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What Can We Do?

By Bruce Cannon

Mitchell County

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Once again, our hearts have been broken by an act of terror on one of our nation’s school campuses.  As of February 2018, including the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, there have been five school shootings in which a gun was discharged, and victims were either injured or killed this year.

We must ask ourselves several questions and answer those questions.  One, why?  Why would someone go onto a school campus with the intent of hurting or killing innocent students?  How can anyone do that?  The answer has to be: evil. The person committing the deed has to be filled with evil thereby discounting the value of life. The problem with school shootings, or any other type of violence involving a gun, is not with the ownership of guns but with the lack of conscience on the part of the individual perpetrating such an act.  One possessed with evil will use whatever tools available to bring about violence.

On August 12, 2017 a car was driven into a group of pedestrians in Charlottesville, Virginia leaving twenty-six injured and one dead.  On May 18, 2017 a car was driven into a group of pedestrians in Times Square leaving twenty-two injured and one dead.  When one is possessed with evil any tool can be used to bring about harm or death.

The most important question that must be asked and answered is: What can we do?  What can we do in a nation where Judeao-Christian values have been compromised for decades?  What can we do when we now are in our second or third generation of Americans of whom many have been raised without Biblical training?  The prophet of old said, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:” (Hosea 8:7) The apostle Paul said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) That last verse not only applies to an individual; but also, to a home or to a person.

First, we must see actions such as the school shooting in Florida as wake-up calls.  As we head toward the coming of the Lord for His bride, the Scriptures teach, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12) Iniquity is abounding.  Love is waxing cold.  And, we are trying to raise our children and grand-children in these conditions.

Second, we must return to the God of our fathers.  We must humble ourselves before Him, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways (as believers) so that He will hear from heaven, hear our prayers and heal our land.

I am genuinely concerned about what the condition of our nation will be in the next years ahead if we do not do this.  What schools will be next?  Will there be one in western North Carolina which will have an armed intruder enter therein for the purpose of hurting and killing students?  How we need His protection, His provision and His power! All of the schools, without exception, which had a shooting have stated, “We didn’t think it would happen here.”

Third, train up children to know right from wrong and to honor the old-fashioned beliefs that made this nation great.  Train them to respect and serve the Lord.  Teach them His Word, His Will and His Ways.  Model before them Christlikeness so they can see what they must do. Without that they are lambs among the lion and he is seeking to devour.

Finally, join me in deep prayer that God will have mercy on our nation, hear our plight and rush to our rescue.