I was all set to write up a reflection on Lent and expand on the good news I proclaimed on Sunday about women leading the Church from the beginning, but I can’t bring myself to write it this morning.
It marks the 130th mass shooting this year. That’s 130 mass shootings in 86 days.
We have a problem in our country: we love guns more than kids.
Two images for you today. The first shows the number of guns in a country vs. gun-related deaths. Every other developed country on this graph has sensible gun control laws that Christians in those countries embrace and support.
Notice where they are and where the U.S. is.
The second image shows the number of mass shootings before and after the Federal Assault Weapon Ban ended.
This is a deeply spiritual issue.
We don’t have sensible gun control because of wealthy lobbyists who make billions of dollars off of guns, and give lots of money to politicians who keep laws away from their profits.
This is how Mammon works, and Mammon demands child sacrifice.
Join me today in lamenting this awful tragedy. Let us pray for the families impacted and for our country.
But also let’s act. I invite you to check out Prevention Institute and their recommendations for preventing gun violence.
In times like this I feel so powerless against the forces of darkness in our world. I’m choosing to feel sad and angry today with Jesus.
Sobbing with Christ over the senseless death of children is how I’m “lenting” today.
One final image I’ll leave you with today:
God we need Easter. We need resurrection life in our bodies and our world. Come Lord Jesus. Come.