February 19, 2018
Earlier this year FCS made national news headlines related to the active shooter training that our faculty and students have gone through, and the backpack armor made available to parents through a local company owned by an FCS parent. Our enhanced security measures were initiated several years ago shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, and have been increased over the past several years due to the increase in school related violence. But the tragedy at Douglas HS this past week in Ft. Lauderdale brought the reality of evil manifested in a school close to home. We know that similar acts of senseless violence are reflected around the world almost daily as innocent people are killed and wounded at the hands of violent individuals who have no value for the lives of their victims or for their own life. Following last week’s tragedy, experts on social issues, mental health issues, and school security strategy are offering their opinions and recommendations on how this kind of tragedy can be prevented. Here at FCS we will continue to take every measure possible to keep our student’s safe and to provide training for our students and faculty.
The Bible tells us about the people and the times when these kinds of violent deeds and rebellious acts will be committed by people all over the world. “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander,” Matthew 15:18-19. Paul wrote to Timothy, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” II Tim 3:1-4. From these verses we see that the Bible speaks of a generation of people who will be a curse to their parents. We know that each generation of a nation reflects the morals of that nation. When sin is not dealt with in any society, the result of those sins will always produce violence. The generation living in the days of Noah was similar to 21st Century America. According to scripture we may be seeing some of the terrible times that point to what Jesus spoke about happening, just before the time when He will return to this earth.
The question is how can we prevent our own children from becoming corrupt, and how can we protect them from violence? The Bible has the answers to these questions. If the people who committed these crimes were examined as to what caused them to become murderers and torturers of children, what would be the common thread running through each of them be? Although there may not be any absolute answers that fit every case, we can identify some of the things that caused these people to do these horrible crimes. Evil deeds proceed out of a heart that is fed by evil, and evil comes through the mind. People learn what they see and hear. If the human mind is fed a constant diet of these things, Satan is open to tempt anyone. Young people and adults act out what they have seen, and what has entered into their mind. Isaiah 33:15-16, “He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil. This is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.” The Bible clearly instructs us to guard our ears and eyes, so as not to let in the things that are evil. If we do the opposite and do not guard ourselves from evil influences, it is potentially devastating.
Are we as Christians responsible in any way for the downward spiral of our society into the levels of violence and rebellion demonstrated by these terrible acts? Maybe not directly, but I would have to say that the lack of Christians being “salt” and “light” in the earth is definitely a factor. We have failed to share the gospel with those who are misfits in society like we should. Often as Christians we do not reach out to those who are oppressed. We have also failed by not being Godly examples to our children. We have become apathetic in our churches and involvement with the things of God. Sometimes we would rather go to things that entertain us, rather than reach out to people as God has called Christians to do. Maybe we as believers are so involved in our jobs and other pursuits that we have abandoned spiritual things in our lives. The fact is, there is a day coming soon when Jesus will return to this earth and set up His kingdom. Then there will be no more war, and all man’s weapons will be gone. That day will come only after Satan is removed from this earth and he can no longer cause men to commit evil against each other. Jesus told us there would be wars and rumors of wars, but we were to look up and seek Him, because our redemption is near.
It is ironic that the superintendent of Broward County schools first response to this tragedy was to call for the community to pray, yet the prayer he called for is banned from our public school classrooms. Today, as Christians we must pray for those in our society that do not know Christ. We must cover our children and loved ones in a prayer of protection against Satan’s plans of destruction. The Lord promises to protect us as we walk with Him. He promises never to leave us or forsake us, even in the midst of violence and fear. He is the only hope for peace and safety, not only for us and our families, but for the entire world. These recent evil acts should stir us into action. Not only should we pray for the families of the victims, but we must recognize that the evil one would do the same to our children and our loved ones if given the chance. We must not be passive, but with the strength God gives us, we must actively oppose evil and walk in righteousness.