Yesterday, America, and much of the world, was again shocked at sudden violence and murder at Fort Hood in Killeen Texas. We recall how four years ago, 2009, an Islamic extremist, Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death in August of 2013, was responsible for murdering 13 and injuring more than thirty on the Fort Hood Army base. Lesser known is the fact that there was another would be Islamic terrorist, who attempted to murder more innocent people from Fort Hood. This occurred in 2011 when Naser Jason Abdo was arrested for planning to execute a bomb attack on a restaurant near the fort where many Fort Hood personnel went to eat and hang out. Abdo was a Muslim soldier who stated that he was opposed to the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Yesterday, another Fort Hood shooter, Ivan Lopez, 33, of Killeen, Texas, while wearing an Army uniform at the time of the shooting, shot and killed 3 and wounded 16 before taking his own life. We can also recall the Navel yard shooting just about a year ago. Sad to say that in the face of these violent episodes, the problem, as stated by morally compromised and confused liberals in America is always going to be with the availability of guns. It is as though the weapons themselves cause the crimes! But these horrible acts come from the heart of man.
Liberals will use this most recent assault from a depraved heart on the lives of the innocent as another opportunity to seek ways to disarm the public. If successful, this will make it a lot easier to command and control an unarmed populous. If the trained soldiers on our bases were allowed to carry weapons the evil cowards who are quick to follow their basest impulses will be far less inclined to attack the innocent! The Bible, which our highly secularized society has largely rejected, says: in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” The real problem is not the guns, the knives, the bricks, the bats, the fists, etc., but it is the depraved human heart that rejects the moral guidance of the Bible and of God, and strikes out against others as though they have the right to do so! But liberals in America today are so morally confused that they insist upon using real problems and crises as opportunities to further their humanistic agenda.
The rise of violence in America and around the world today is prophesied in the pages of the Bible.. (Read Matthew 24:1-14; Luke 21:20-24; 2 Timothy 3:1-4). The government and government-run education in America has given itself over to godless humanism and has been teaching new generations of children that man is not created in the image of God, but is only the result of evolutionary chance. Thus, little wonder why sudden and unexplained violence is on the rise in our land today. This violence, is motivated by Satan, and, again, arises out of the heart of man who has been taught that he is his own god.
God said through the prophet Jeremiah: “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13) The last time a murderous rampage was carried out at Fort Hood, it was clearly an Islamic terrorist attack. But our leaders did not call it what it was, but named it “work place violence.” “Broken Cisterns” always leak! If we say evil is less than it really is then we are not protecting the innocent because we are too selfish to take a stand that might be controversial to some that we seek to impress. Yet the result is always the same, “Broken Cisterns,” false solutions which, in this case, resulted in inadequate preparations for this sudden and latest murderous attack.
Thus, Fort Hood was still vulnerable to this latest assault because the previous attack was not called for what it was, Islamic Terrorism! It is time to step up! It is time to call things as they are! I pray that we will get back to God in this country and put some leaders in office who will stand on truth! Meanwhile, pray for the families that have been hurt by these murders. Pray for our leaders to have wisdom and courage to defend the defenseless instead of defending the “politically correct.” It is time for us to return to the Lord in full faith and surrender to His Word and His ways!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)