Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 NIV
After reading various media coverage of the UCC shootings, and the nine people who lost their lives, I’ve been trying to sort out in my mind what would possess a person to do this sort of thing? What would drive someone to feel and carry out so much hate towards another?
I read somewhere this week that there have been over forty school shootings this year, alone.
Senseless. Vile. Heartbreaking.
Different sources have different thoughts on what’s driving these crimes against innocent people. Some say it’s religious extremists. Some say it has to do with racial tension. Others say it involves mental illness. Each situation seems to fall in one of those three categories.
Whatever label we attach to these crimes, I believe the driving factor has to do with the heart. We act on what we believe – good or bad, right or wrong.
This is why God commands us to guard our hearts, because everything we do “flows from it” (Prov. 4:23).
Some of the victims of the #UCC shooting were Christians, and they confessed that belief without hesitation – knowing it meant certain death. I am a Christian, and I believe in Jesus Christ. Am I ready to face a similar fate? Only God knows the real answer, and I’m trusting and believing that He will give me the kind of resolve so many have fiercely displayed this year.
Friend, it matters what we believe. It matters what we allow ourselves to think about, dwell on, and allow to take root in our hearts. Even if we don’t think our thoughts amount to much, our enemy knows their power and he will use them against us time and again.
I’ll end with one of my favorite passages. This one always sets my mind straight, no matter what nonsense might be rolling around in my head at any given moment…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. – Philippians 4:8 NIV