This is not a political post so if that’s what you were looking for you won’t find it here.Neither is it a post about gun control.No,this post is about something that goes deeper than racism. Much deeper.
This is a post about “WHY” people do the things they do,in particular why heinous crimes are committed in the first place.
The recent tragedy in the Charleston South Carolina church is one more reminder that there are those among us who will stop at nothing in their attempts to garner attention to their favorite cause.
Upon hearing the news reports of this act of violence the news media immediately branded this a hate crime.Specifically,a hate crime spawned by the racist mindset of a young man.
Here is where I completely disagree with the masses.
Oh,there can be no doubt that this young man’s mind had been poisoned by racist thoughts.Just as certain is the fact that he planned this murdering rampage to take place in a house of worship in order to get the maximum shock value.
Yet for all of his deliberate actions I believe the media and nearly all Christians who have spoken publicly about this have overlooked one very important thing.
You see,when something of this magnitude takes place society rushes to place a label on it so that by doing so it can be more easily understood.In this case it was immediately branded a hate crime perpetrated by a racist.
But what society,and in particular the media,doesn’t understand is that the root cause of such acts of violence is not born in the bed of racism.
No,racism is but one of many causal factors born out of something much more heinous than racism. Much more damming than hate and bigotry.
The underlying issue here,the root cause of the “why did this happen” is called SIN.
And it is understandable why SIN is never mentioned in situations like this. For you see we want to,need to,blame someone.
So of course we delve into every detail about the murderer’s life in hopes of uncovering that one detail that will help us make sense of it all.
And that is our undoing. Society today rejects the notion of SIN because to acknowledge that such a thing does exist would be to acknowledge our own SIN,and that just can’t happen,can it?
I mourn with my brothers and sisters who have suffered such needless tragedy and loss at the hands of a young man who by his own volition has thrown his life away.Their pain will never go away.
But let us not forget that racism has been with us as long as hatred,anger,violence,contempt and any other acts of abuse towards others has been around.
They’ve all been right here with us because SIN has been with us. So here’s the real question:
If society cannot fix its problems,and it is obvious it cannot,then what hope do we have?
And the answer is very simple: we have no hope apart from the saving grace of God who sent His only Son to die for our sins.
The government cannot legislate out racism any more than it can eliminate the drug problem.As we pour billions of dollars into one feeble attempt after another to create our own version of utopia on earth,evil marches on unfettered except by the efforts of those committed to a Christlike life.
SIN is a spiritual condition that can only be dealt with at the foot of the Cross. No law or ordinance can destroy it or even hope to control it.
You see, Racism is not our biggest problem.Neither is bigotry or hatred.
The rejection of Jesus Christ however,is.