The acts of Nikolis Cruz, 19 years of age, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida—stunned, appalled, and dismayed us in killing fifteen students and teachers and wounding others. He had a fixation on weaponry. Nikolis Cruz hated Jews and Negroes and neighbors and classmates knew that he was a big problem. It is likely that he was involved in a militant white nationalist group called the Republic of Florida.

We are aware of similar acts in recent years: “In one of the deadliest mass shooting incidents on record in the US, at least 50 people were killed and over 200 injured on Sunday outside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Sunday, October 1, 2017.” Why do people behave in this way? What gives them the desire to slaughter unarmed innocent people? We have experienced a score of such behaviors in the last twenty years.

The Lord instructs us, Exodus 20:13 “You shall not kill.” Romans 1:29, “They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit” Revelation 9:21, “nor did they repent of their murders, their sorceries or their immorality or their thefts.” Murder, murderer, murderous, are mentioned as sins about sixty times in the English Bible.

Cruz told investigators “that he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions on what to do to conduct the attack, describing them as demons.”

“Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith,” I Peter 5:8,9 “For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of the darkness.” I Thessalonians 5:5

We need a spirit of rejecting Satan, and of receiving guidance from the scriptures.

Many people say why are these things happening to me? It is probable that they lack the teachings and glory of God.

It is God who teaches us what is good. It is God who warns us of evil. He gives us the Ten Commandments in Exodus. He instructs us to live worthy lives. He teaches us to model our lives like Jesus and the apostles. We are to be students of the word of God. All of us need a close relationship with our Savior. It is Tragic that many people live as if God does not exist! When a person lives without God, he or she is destined for destruction.

“The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” Psalm 53:1

God is our Creator. He makes us in his image. For our benefit, he teaches us what is good, what is desirable, and warns us of what is harmful and awful. Here are some of the works that Christians should engage themselves in:

  • Read at least one chapter in the Bible every day.
  • Attend Sunday worship regularly.
  • Confess you sins to God, and ask for his daily guidance.
  • Let him speak to you out of the Scriptures.

He wants us to have good lives, not disasters that we have brought on ourselves. The United States of America needs what God teaches. We need to be set free from actions and desires that disrupt us. To be close to God is good. To be distant from Jesus our Savior is bad and harmful.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” ~James 4:8

Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.