I was saddened to hear this morning about the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the outdoor concert festival. Looking at various news reports on-line and the myriad comments I felt that I would give my thoughts in a forum where there isn’t so much anger and hatred voiced.
First and foremost my prayers are going up to the Heavenly Father for all those who lost loved ones in this mass shooting, for healing for all those who were wounded, and for all those who are affected by this senseless act of violence. People who where there but managed to get out without being wounded will have emotional scars and my prayers for their healing are included.
There is some speculation that the man who did this was ex-military. I don’t know and won’t until reports confirm this. But, if that is the case, then my thought is that we are not providing enough support for our veterans. Could this act have been the result of mental illness suffered as the result of his military service? Possibly. (Update: it seems that he was not ex-military from news reports. We are being told he had antifa literature in his hotel room and ISIS claimed he had converted to Islam a couple months before. I have no clue if that claim is really true. Many are claiming there is something odd about the whole incident. To that I have no comment.)
Many who hear about this will be talking about gun control. These people simply do not understand that gun control laws only keep guns out of the hands of ordinary, responsible citizens. Criminals can get their weapons on the black market and there is no law that could ever be passed that will prevent the black market from trading in weapons. Look at Chicago with the strictest gun control laws in the country and one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Have those gun control laws helped at all? I think not. One individual with a cache of weapons does not mean that gun control laws will have any impact on the problem. I think the problem goes much deeper.
Months ago during my morning devotion and prayer time the Holy Spirit told me that the evil that is in this world is greater than any of us can imagine. When people speculate about a ‘deep state’ being behind things like this shooting, I can imagine that as a possibility. I can also imagine that the man was possessed of an evil spirit and he was not in control of his thoughts. There are many possibilities and we probably will never know why this man committed this heinous crime. He’s dead, they say he probably took his own life. There will be no answers that make sense. (Update: According to later reports the police officers who were part of the take down team shot him because he was shooting at them. I wasn’t there so I just have to take their word for it.)
What do I think is really the cause? When Yeshua answered the question his disciples asked about the signs of his return and the end of the age he told them that lawlessness would increase.
Matthew 24:11-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
We’ve been told, we need not be surprised when these acts of violence occur. Saddened, prayerful, but not surprised, we’ve been warned. More of these things will happen, regardless of what we do. I don’t want to be a doom and gloom person. Individually we have hope. Our hope is in Yeshua, our redeemer and our salvation. The Son of God who came to earth as a man, preached repentance to his people, died on a cross for our sins, rose again conquering sin and death for us and was taken up into heaven. He will return again, this time not as a suffering savior, but as a conquering King. Evil will have no place in his Kingdom. Accept Yeshua as your Savior to be the Lord of your life so you can have eternal life in the place he prepares for you in paradise.
Blessings to all and prayers for all affected by the Las Vegas shooting,
Romans 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.