On Sept. 28th 2017 a rather invisible, unknown man known as Stephen Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. Evidently, over the next several days he brought a total of 12 suitcases into his room. He began making his preparations, for what he had evidently been planning, for quite a long time.
Although we don’t know yet where the casualty count will stop, at present, there are 58 dead concert-goers, and over 500 wounded. Many are in critical care.
Today, reports have come from law enforcement authorities, that it would have been almost impossible for him to have acted alone. We have also heard today, that it is possible he expected to make an exit and to survive the attack. There were explosives found in his car.
Many are asking how someone could fire automatic weapons into a crowd, with the distinct purpose of killing as many people as possible. I don’t know. I am as confused as everyone else is.
But I do have a thought. He was 64. That means he went to school at almost, the same time I did. We have some things in common. The generations before us started the day with a prayer. But we started with a moment of silence. Every generation before us, learned the Ten Commandments in school. We did not. We were the first generation after God became an outlaw in the United States.
If you look at all the violent acts since the mid 60’s and the rapidly escalating violence in our schools and cities, it is almost like man no longer has any sense of morality. That is because morality is not inherent in men. It has to be taught. And what is taught has to be from the Bible.
Didn’t anyone ever teach Paddock killing is morally wrong? Well, it certainly didn’t happen in school. Beginning with our generation, our schools taught education without morality. I think we see the results.
There it is, the old preacher’s knee-jerk reaction to say man is sinful without God’s intervention. Many would say that such conclusions are cliché. I don’t care what they say. I care what God says.
Deuteronomy 6:13–17 “13 Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you, 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God. Otherwise, the LORD your God will become angry with you and wipe you off the face of the earth. 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you tested Him at Massah. 17 Carefully observe the commands of the LORD your God, the decrees and statutes He has commanded you.”
This is the chapter after, God gave us the Ten Commandments. Do you remember what the sixth commandment says?
Deuteronomy 5:17 “Do not murder.”
Would the words above have mattered to a psychopath? Today, no. But what if Paddock had first heard them in kindergarten? What if he had memorized them in grade school? What if he had learned them from his father and mother? What if he had been taught the Word of God at school and at home?
For that matter, what would Chicago have been like last year if every child had been raised in God’s Word? Our Founding Fathers never intended for us to have freedom from religion. They intended us to have freedom of religion. Freedom to teach our children God’s Word. Freedom to have our children educated in the Holy Words God gave us. Freedom to experience and know the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
What would our nation be like today if God’s Word were still being taught in schools? I don’t know. But I know that since the 60’s when prayer and God’s Word were removed, violent crime has increased exponentially in our land. Our nation has also suffered economically moving from the most valued currency in the world to an economy built on unsustainable debt.
Deuteronomy 6:18–19 “18 Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that you may prosper and so that you may enter and possess the good land the LORD your God swore to give your fathers, 19 by driving out all your enemies before you, as the LORD has said.”
We no longer do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight therefore, we no longer prosper.
So what do we do? How do we fix it? We bring back the Word of God into our schools and teach morality according to the Bible again. And when a psychopath does the unthinkable to the innocent, we rely on eternal solutions found in God’s Word. Not the prattle of leftist media, and useless politicians.