By Victor Ochieng
A man walks into a church and randomly shoots congregants; America knows that too well. A 64-year-old man sneaks in firearms into a hotel room and randomly shoots at a 22,000 crowd of revelers, and people move on in a matter of a day or two. It’s like all these things are only serious when they’re taking place and forgotten as soon as the bodies of the victims are buried.
Something is seriously wrong with our society. We may never know why Nevada gambler Stephen Paddock did what he did when he massacred more than 50 people who were doing nothing apart from enjoying country music. Paddock’s family describes him as friendly. He wasn’t a man living in poverty and he didn’t have extreme religious or political views. At 64, he should’ve been focused on enjoying his retirement life in a cool suburban home.
Is it safe to walk down the street? More and more Americans are asking that question. Is it still safe to go to church or attend some nice concert? Well, you judge that for yourself based on the reality we’re faced with as a country.
There is too much HATE!
What’s supposed to be the voice of reason has also lost it. Christians are fast getting absorbed in politics, religious differences and evident hate against other religions. How could racism be so rife in a country where more than three-quarters of the population are Christians? What’s Christianity then? Isn’t it about LOVE?
It doesn’t take rocket science to tell that another killing is likely to take place. Why? Because we never learn; we continue to plant hate. We have this thing of standing our ground. There is no more interested in dialogue; it’s every man for himself; it’s a man eat man society.
Christians must wake up. You’re the majority; you can bring back the voice of reason if only you focused on sharing the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of the fear of the LORD, the gospel of LOVE. Do the following:
- Tone down your anger towards people of other religions or political affiliations.
- Search your heart for any elements of racial prejudice and clean it up through prayer and fasting.
- Rid your talk of any form of cursing, profanity or words that can work to propagate hate.
- Speak words of kindness and love to others, whether they share your opinion or not.
- Reach out and show love to loners, the people the society has abandoned.
- Express genuine love to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, just like Jesus said in the book of John 13:35 that “By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
As long as there is no love in the church, unbelievers will continue staying away. If the church remains absorbed in politics, racial injustices and continues preaching money, the society will continue to rot.