Wednesday night, a white man tentatively identified as 21 year old Dylann Storm Roof joined the Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. After sitting with a dozen people learning about God’s Word, Roof pulled out a gun and started shooting. By the time he fled the scene, 6 women and three men were dead, including the Charles Pinckney, the pastor of the church and a state senator.
The nation is in shock and horror over the killings which for obvious reasons have been labeled a hate crime. Everyone the news reported and people interviewed have not only expressed shock and outrage over the shooting but many have said that it’s a total surprise for something like this to take place in our culture.
If you take a look at the culture in America today, this senseless crime should not be that much of a surprise at all. We have become a culture of godless, hate filled, self-centered people who care nothing for their fellow person.
A few years ago there was another shooting in a church and fortunately in that case, a person at the church had a conceal carry permit and was able to stop the shooter.
At one time America was a Christian nation where God, Jesus, the Bible and churches were considered sacred. In 1892, Supreme Court Justice Josiah Brewer wrote in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States:
“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people… These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” [Emphasis mine].
However, in the 1960s, the US Supreme Court reversed itself and started eliminating God, Jesus, the Bible and anything Christian from public schools and the government. Our nation turned its back on God and subsequently He has withdrawn His hand of blessing from our nation.
Our courts have ruled that it’s okay to portray an image of Jesus on the cross in a glass of urine. They have ruled that anyone can say anything they want against God, Jesus, the Bible and everything Christian, while on the converse, we are not allowed to say anything against anti-biblical teachings such as homosexuality. It’s even become illegal for business owners to live and operate their businesses according to their faith while it’s okay for Muslims to do it.
Christianity has been replaced with atheism, hedonism, New Age pantheism and a host of anti-God beliefs. Christians are being openly targeted and persecuted for their faith; something that never would have happened 60 years ago in America, but it’s happening more and more today.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard about churches being vandalized in our area. Nothing in today’s debauched and depraved society is sacred, so why should we be so surprised that someone would actually have the gall to murder people during a Bible study? It’s a sign of how far we as a nation have fallen from the Christian values that made us great. And until America as a nation gets on its knees, confesses its sins and begs forgiveness from God, we’ll see more shootings in church and other desecrations.