As I write this, I am very aware that it will be scrutinized and even criticized by those who may not be familiar with me or my heart. I can only pray that God will convey my true heart of compassion for people and the mission I have to share HIM with others.
When I first saw the breaking news of the recent school shootings in Connecticut, I watched in shock as I burst into tears over all the innocent people who were massacred. With five grandchildren, I can only imagine the shock, the pain, and the hurt that the affected families have endured. My prayers and tears are with them today and in the future as well.
That being said, I am also in “shock” at some of the horrendous, and even ridiculous, blame and finger-pointing going on throughout the various forms of media. From postings of anti-gun videos with the f-word in the title, to blaming God, to even blaming God for NOT being there. I sooooooooo feel the need to say, “Step away from the incident and look at the WHOLE picture!” One may say, “Well Kevin, what do you think the whole picture is?” I’m glad you asked. Is it really any surprise that our schools have become more dangerous, and in cases like this, all out battle zones? You see, in the United States of America, a long long time ago, GOD was a foundation in our schools just like reading, writing, math, etc. BUT…….back in the early sixties (1962) we decided to oust Him, to kick Him out. Believe that! God, the giver, the maintainer, and sustainer of life was “kicked out of school.”
Some will choose to correct me by saying “prayer” was kicked out, not God. Well, what is prayer? Prayer is communication with God. In any relationship, if you remove communication, separation will follow. When the governing courts removed prayer, they removed the God that students were praying to. Yes, a Christian can pray silently under their breath, but the overall message was, “public acknowledgement of God or reliance upon Him” is no longer welcome. God doesn’t want to be just a spectator “over” our life, but an active participant “in” our life. Nowadays though, everything from crosses, to the ten commandments, to the word “Christmas” are banned from many of the hallways and classrooms in our public schools. We have banned the Giver of life, the Savior of mankind, the Lover of our souls, the Shelter from the storms of life…..from an institution that has more time with our children than any other organization. In a society where there used to be a fear (respect) of God, we have now replaced it with a fear of offending someone. Political correctness has pushed Biblical holiness to the curb.
Consider this. BEFORE 1962 (when prayer was removed) there was only ONE RECORDED killing incident at a public school…and it was with dynamite, not a gun. SINCE 1962 (when prayer was removed) there have been at least 63 school killing incidents, many with multiple deaths. And please don’t pull out the “gun control” card. The oldest surviving gun, made of bronze, has been dated to 1288. Guns have been ACCESSIBLE for more than 700 years, but ONLY USED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS SINCE PRAYER WAS REMOVED IN 1962. Coincidence? No, consequence. Look, I’m no math major, but even I can do the math on that one.
So, how much do we REALLY CARE about the innocent who die in such violent school shootings? Do we only love them enough to apply a band-aid solution with our debates about gun control, more security, and mental health care? Or, do we love and care for them enough to SOLVE the problem by inviting GOD back into these institutions? John 10:10 tells us the thief, better known as satan, is the one who kills and destroys. God is the giver of life. For me, I know that an environment where God is welcomed is what I desire for my grandkids. I pray that we love the next generation enough to be REAL Christians; Christians who lead by example and who follow the words of Jesus Himself. He told His disciples who were trying to keep little children away from Him, “Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.” And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way. (Matthew 19:14-15 – Amplified Bible)
We have forbidden, restrained, and hindered our children from God long enough. I can only pray that our nation will embrace the love of God, and lead by example, so the next generation can experience “IN GOD WE TRUST” like our forefathers who began this nation.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen