This vague concept of "pray for InsertLatestTragedyHere #HereWeGoAgain" is incredibly silly.
Even sillier when folks begin to argue about which cause to pray for. "Don't party for Paris! Pray for Nigeria!" "Why isn't anyone praying for XYZ?!?"
Even sillier still, is when praying is all that is being done. Even the Christian texts says "prayer without works" is dead. Works, is quite literally a synonym for action.
Without a willingness to act upon that which you are praying for, a person may as well cross their fingers, wish upon a falling star, and hold their breath while walking past a cemetery. None of it will stop these shootings like calling and demanding change in the gun laws. We've been praying and praying and praying.
A few of years ago almost to the exact day a classroom full of children were slaughtered and we prayed and prayed another again.
When a theater of movie lovers were slaughtered we prayed and prayed and prayed.
We prayed when a man *slaughtered people who were IRONICALLY praying at bible study/ prayer meeting.
And when a congresswoman was shot in the head and when countless college campuses were under siege we prayed and prayed and prayed some more.
We pray for deliverance from evil. And then do nothing else.
That's like praying for God to flush the toilet.
All we have to do is demand a change from those who make the laws
God made us in his image which means we are capable of just about anything we make up our minds and commit our hands and feet to doing. He isn't a magic genie that grants wishes no matter how hard you pray.
Jesus taught us exactly WORD FOR WORD how to pray. It says nothing about the things we sit around and pray for. I'm not saying prayer is nothing at all but it's not a cure all.
Quite honestly, expressing gratitude is the highest form of prayer and then you request nothing.
In order for things to change, first and foremost, we must demand that our politicians crawl out from under the thumb of the NRA and those who lobby on their behalf. They must enact a set of laws as strict or stricter as the 10 which I'm proposing below:There needs to be a heavy burden of responsibility, duty and accountability alongside the right to own a gun.
I mean something way more significant than the non invasive background checks and laughable waiting periods.
The arguments for the rights of gun owners is being deafened by the wall of dead bodies who are victims of those rights. Point blank. No pun intended.
I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. The lessons I've learned from the experiences I've been through and the challenges I've conquered have helped me develop a philosophy that life is meant to be lived at a level better than average.