• Christian Leaders Declare: American Society’s ‘Spiritual and Emotional Slime’ Is at the Root of Recent Mass-Killings

    Surge Summary: In the aftermath of murderous mass-shootings, a trio of Christian leaders diagnose America’s problem as a spiritual one which will only be remedied by God’s intervention in the lives of the nation’s citizens; and in the nation itself. 

    As happens in the wake of most American tragedies, folks are asking questions, rooting around for explanations and fundamental causes; for solutions — the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton not excluded.

    Further to this, OneNewsNow.com’s Chad Groening and Steve Jordahl note:

    As the shots rang out in Dayton, it was reported that people running for their lives were screaming “active shooter” as they fled. It’s a relatively new addition to the American lexicon. Twenty years ago, before the Columbine shooting, most people likely wouldn’t have understood what it meant. Then came Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora Theatre, The Pulse, Las Vegas, Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

    President Donald Trump called the weekend massacres “evil attacks”, crimes “against all humanity”. Unity must replace hatred in society, he averred; both parties must foreswear partisanship and develop solutions to America’s heinous problem of violence.

    Southern Evangelical Seminary president Dr. Richard Land argues that solutions go “way beyond” public policy. “Gun control is way too simple an answer,” he says. “That’s analogous to putting a Band Aid on a severed artery. … These mass shootings are symptoms [and] eruptions telling us that there is a subterranean river of spiritual and emotional slime running underneath our society.”

    The root causes are many, says Land, and America needs to have a discussion about them – talking to one another versus at one another.

    “They are problems of the heart and they are problems of the soul: fatherlessness, the failure of our inner cities, racism, identity politics, the mindless glorification of violence in our media, and the systematic disrespect and mocking of police officers.”

    And he says it’s up to Christians and the church to lead the way.

    Jesus proclaimed of His followers,

    “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” [Matthew 5: 13-15]

    Bishop Council Nedd II, a Project 21 Black Leadership Network board member, agrees with the Southern Baptist leader.

    “I think the rhetoric peaks pretty high on both sides,” Nedd begins. “But the thing I’ve sort of been harping on is that everybody’s got a bunch of entrenched positions on a lot of issues and people are upset right now – and the vitriol is at a record high. We seem to have lost our civility.”

    As a Pennsylvania constable and Anglican rector Nedd offers a unique perspective:

    “… I think a big part of the problem is we’ve got so many unchurched Americans who don’t know certain moral underpinnings of our country. They don’t know the scriptural way that we should be treating other people who have different views than us.”

    Columnist Dr. Michael L. Brown concurs with both of these colleagues, fingering the base problem as spiritual, not racial.

    In a column posted Monday, he forthrightly and without qualification repudiates “white nationalism,” cited by many as a pertinent issue on the heels of the El Paso massacre.

    He explains that “the one thing I wanted to [emphasize in the column was that] I completely repudiate white nationalism as unbiblical, as unchristian, and even as unpatriotic.

    “The same white nationalist who hates people of color also hates Jews,” he points out in an interview with OneNewsNow. “This is something bigger than just the matter of the color of someone’s skin. This is a matter of a hostile, anti-God ideology – and it needs to be exposed as such.”

    Brown concedes President Trump, who has come under particular, widespread criticism following the shootings, while embracing a non-racist nationalism has sometimes been less than subtle with his Twitter account.

    “I do understand how some of his comments have been inflammatory,” he acknowledges, “[but] I think the left-wing media is at least as responsible for often misrepresenting his comments and then further fanning them into flame.”

    How about we all admit this? Anyone – Donald Trump, his supporters, Conservatives, Leftists, Republicans, Democrats, “Never-Trumpers”, the mainstream Media; anyone! – pouring venom and belligerence into the discussion isn’t contributing to a possible remedy, but only exacerbating things. Most of us can probably do at least a little better.

    “[R]espected columnist and Christian apologist” Brown avows he longs for a God-fearing America.

    “[That’s] an America that is predominantly Christian with many genuine Christians in the midst of us … Christians [who] really practice their faith,” he states.

    That’s an America, he concludes, that welcomes all faiths and colors and political beliefs, and unites rather than divides.

    Whatever the details we unpack from these most recent tragedies, one thing is certain: America’s crises are manifestations of a spiritual malaise. Some of them are more dramatic than others, but all are a reminder that, as “one nation under God”, we need to return to that God and obtain His blessing so that calamities like El Paso and Dayton aren’t repeated.

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