School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns

william-murray-ohair-2From,byWilliam Murray, (son of atheist and Marxist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair), December 16, 2012 –

If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause  him to fear the justice of the state.

The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits  to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some  pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with  its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what occurred in Newtown  an act of evil.

Probably not a single sermon will be preached in which the perpetrator is  predicted to have begun his eternal punishment for his crime after judgment by a  just and angry God. A splintered American church driven by a pew-hungry,  feel-good message will offer assurances that eternal peace awaits all those who  died, including the shooter. The words “hell” and “sin” will very likely not be  used in any sermons associated with the massacre.

Yes, there is societal blame: Ridiculous privacy rules that allow the  mentally ill to conceal their condition from schools, employers and gun-shop  owners is just one. The constant esteem building in public schools teaching even  low-functioning kids with anger problems to judge themselves equal to the  valedictorian is yet another.

But the greatest villain is a church that has accepted the world’s view that hell does not await evildoers.

With a weak message from a weak church, there is no restraint or lessening of  the violence. The shooting at Newtown was immediately followed by a shooting at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital and a Las Vegas hotel. Across the country, there are more than 16,000 murders each year. Of those, two-thirds are committed with  guns. One in three murders is a very personal, vile act of evil using a knife, a  blunt instrument or bare hands.

And the response of the church to this violence is “God loves you. Have a  nice day.”

Adam Lanza had to shoot his way into the locked building. Public schools are  not the soft targets many think they are. In more populated areas, there is  virtually always an armed “safety officer” on duty because of the threat of  student violence. Why?

My mother, atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, fought to make the public schools the armed camps they are today by removing prayer, the recognition of the  authority of God. In 1962 and 1963, I was attending an all-boys public high school in downtown Baltimore, Md. The school was a magnet school before the term even existed and was intended to prepare young men for college, majoring in science and engineering. There were 1,800 teenage boys in the school, and there  was not a cop in the building – ever. The doors were unlocked and often the  un-air-conditioned rooms had open windows. There were no metal detectors, no  picture IDs, and students went in and out the doors on the honor system.

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The authority of God was present, even though I am very sure many of those  young men, including myself, had some pretty vile thoughts that were not in the  least way moral. The presence of the authority of God, vested in the teachers by  His recognition every morning, was reinforced by the churches and the families  of the students.

That high school has since merged with a girl’s school in another location,  for purposes of political correctness. The last time I checked, the old building  itself was the headquarters of the Baltimore City Schools Police Force,  something that did not exist when Baltimore’s population was nearly  double what it is now. Every kid at every school now has a photo ID. All  the doors of every school are locked. All doors have metal detectors and  drug-sniffing dogs roaming the corridors. I am told that every school in  Baltimore has at least one armed “safety officer.”

In the vast majority of America’s public schools, the authority of God has  been replaced with the authority of the iron fist of government. Morals? Without  the authority of God, there are no morals, and none are taught in the public  schools today. The ethics that are taught are situational, perhaps the same  situational ethics that led to the logic that caused the tragic shootings in  Newtown.

This condition exists in the schools and the society in general because of a failed church that is splintered and weak.

A large advertising sign near my home reads, “A church for those who don’t  like church.” Translation: “No condemnation of sin here – we have coffee latte  and great music.”

How about this politically incorrect sermon subject: “An angry God condemns  the carnal sin of Adam Lanza, the Newton school shooter who killed 26, and he  will rot in eternal torment in hell, as do all those who turn their backs on God and his goodness and continue their wicked and sinful ways.”

No way, no how in America today.

No number of gun-control laws can contain the evil that has been let loose in  America. Not even black clad police with masks and automatic weapons can  maintain social order in our out-of-control society. The nation needs a  religious revival to steer it away from certain moral destruction. That revival  will not come from feel-good, coffeehouse sermons that do not call sin what it  is.

What are preachers today offering to “save” people from, if sin is never mentioned? What punishment are they being “saved” from, if hell is never  mentioned?

The fear of an angry and vengeful God was far more likely to have stopped the  shootings in Newtown than the warm voice of a psychologist or the soothing  feeling of drugs.

Eternity in hell is a very long time.

One of the greatest revival sermons of all times was that of Jonathon  Edwards – “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Can you imagine even this  one portion being repeated in a church in America today: “There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands  cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him,  nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men  into hell, but he can most easily do it.”

God is not in the business of saving evil nations from themselves, but He is  in the business of offering salvation to individuals. A nation is saved from  ruin when enough of its people turn from their wicked ways and follow His  righteous commands.

The challenge is to the churches of every denomination to preach the true  Word of God, the nature of sin and the consequences of perpetrating evil. This  alone can turn the society from its violent and destructive path.

william_murrayWilliam J. Murray is the chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Religious  Freedom Coalition and the author of seven books including “My  Life Without God,” which chronicles his early life in the home of  destructive atheist and Marxist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Having lived the  Marxist and the Ayn Rand lifestyle, he has a unique perspective on religion and  politics.


One response

  1. Wow. He says it!

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