Friday, December 4, 2015

We Can't Have It Both Ways....

This was the cover of the New York Daily News yesterday. It was a response to people, to elected officials, who automatically tweet "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of mass killings. In most cases, they're just words. No real feeling behind them, no real prayers. Maybe that's why the "prayers" don't get answers. Or maybe God is silent because for the most part, our country has turned its back on Him....










14 comments:

  1. If Sandy Hook wasn't enough to get them to stop taking their orders from the NRA and see reason, absolutely nothing will.

    This does not happen with such regularity in the rest of the developed world. It's madness.

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    1. There's no valid reason for any private citizens to own assault weapons. But I'm very much in favor of handguns with efficient screening.

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  2. It would seriously freak me out if I knew that most people around me owned a gun. The human element is just too unpredictable!

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    1. I guess I'm not uncomfortable with guns in the house--I feel safer with one close at hand--because I grew up with them. My dad was a sharpshooter. He emphasized gun safety, though.

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  3. It is a curious thing. The offering of thoughts and prayers, whether sincerely meant or not, has been an acceptable response to terror attacks for as long as I can remember. Why is it suddenly a no-no? Is this a new PC edict?

    As for God fixing this, I'm not into questioning what He does or doesn't do. And I will continue to pray.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn, for being the only one (so far) who's responded to the question I asked.

      Me too.

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  4. Maybe they are praying for the wrong thing. We best pray for the NRA, and those who find their reasoning sound for owning several guns and enough amo to wipe out half a town... oh and those who agree with them.

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    1. I considered buying Collin a handgun for Christmas.

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  5. I grew up in the West, certain people need guns, ranchers, farmers, any outdoor workers out in the country now. Especially where I live. There is no need for assault rifles.
    And yes I agree we have turned our back on God. We don not think there is any higher being but ourselves, money and power.
    But I also think that when religion becomes the main factor in our lives to
    the determent of other, keeps us apart and thinking we are the one true religion (I am looking at you Muslims) and you are either one of us or better off dead that is taking religion too far. People who use religion as a weapon.
    I will not buy a gun but I am going to take a class on how to use a gun.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. To accept that there is a God and we will have to answer to Him is to accept our flaws, shortcomings and mistakes. Humans don't like that. It's easier to not believe and escape accountability.

      I think the danger is when religion becomes distorted and used by extremists to justify their personal causes.

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    1. In the wrong hands, they're dangerous, yes.

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  7. I guess what they're saying is that prayers are fine and all, but they clearly aren't enough - there needs to be real change. The idea of owning a gun seriously freaks me out. I don't know anyone who does and I like it that way.

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    1. Guns don't bother me because I grew up with them. Nobody in our house ever had any close calls with a gun because Dad was responsible--and cautious. But I'd be nervous around anyone who didn't treat them with respect.

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