Mass Shootings & the Real Problem Not Being Discussed

Every time there is another, all too frequent, mass shooting, it is immediately politicized, as the long standing debates about gun control, mental health, and school safety resurface, with proponents and opponents taking their side, and little action being taken. However, even if laws were changed, the truth is that when a person is intent on doing evil, they will find away around the laws. Perhaps they will buy a gun on the black market, or pay someone to buy a gun for them from a firearms dealers, as has been the case in some previous shootings. This is not a political statement in support or defense of any of the issues mentioned above, so please don’t make it one. Just read on.

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Mass Shootings: The Real Problem

It is interesting that mass shootings have really risen over the last 30 years, when we are living in a post-Christian America, that has worked diligently to push God out of the center of our society, our government, our schools, and even our homes.

• When God is honored and His Word is followed, it produces stronger, healthier families, which contributes to a person’s mental well being and stability.
• When God is honored and His Word is followed, children and adults learn to be kind, compassionate and respectful of others, so that those who are different or may have learning disabilities do not feel rejected, bullied and ostracized.
• When God is honored and His Word is followed, society has a moral compass that teaches right from wrong.

The truth is these mass shootings, as tragic as they are, are only a symptom of a much deeper issue, the condition of the human heart. No legislation can change a person’s heart. God identified the problem at the core of this issue and all that ails our world, saying, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). There is only one answer and it is found in God. Only God can change the human heart.

We need God! We need to put Him back at the center of our lives, our homes, and our society.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

About nlpastor

Pastor Maria Khaleel is senior pastor of New Life Assembly of God, which she started in 1992. It is a multi-cultural congregation, with over 30 nationalities represented, and over 700 in attendance, eighty percent of which are first time converts. She was saved, baptized with the Holy Spirit and called to the ministry at the early age of eleven. She is a 1986 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, and received the “Young Alumnus of the Year Award” in 1994, given to those who within ten years of graduation have made an outstanding impact in ministry. She completed her Doctor of Ministry Degree through the Assembly of God Theological Seminary in 2014, and was also recognized by the seminary with the “Outstanding Achievement Student of the Year Award.” She was ordained in 1988, and became the first woman to be elected as Presbyter (a position similar to that of "bishop") in the Peninsular Florida District of the Assemblies of God in 1998; a position that she served in until 2006. She has also served on the National Evangelism Committee, and on the National Women in Ministry Task Force. Pastor Maria is also a nationally recognized evangelist. She is a motivational and dynamic speaker who makes the word of God relevant to the lives of the hearer. She preaches the Word of God in power and in demonstration of the Spirit. The burden of her heart is for revival, a message which has taken her throughout the United States preaching revivals, campmeetings, district retreats, and seminars. Her life’s ambition is echoed in the words of Paul “. . . this one thing I do . . . I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).
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