Here we are again, a nation in mourning after two more incidents of senseless violence this weekend. These were acts perpetuated by stereotypes, ignorance and hatred.

On the surface, this will be viewed as another example of the need for stricter gun control laws.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been, and will continue, to use these tragedies as talking points to further their political aspirations and agendas.

The problem is greater than just better gun control, it goes much deeper than that.

Our nation has become a place where we have created a generation of entitled hate mongers, with no coping skills, no tolerance for anything that looks or sounds different than themselves, and people who take the lives of another, simply because they think they can.

Long gone are the days of “respectfully agreeing to disagree.”

These individuals lack empathy or a desire to be educated about things they don’t understand. Instead, they revert back to the most archaic version of humanity, with no regard for human life.

People should not lose their lives for simply going back to school shopping, nor should they have to become a human shield to protect the life of their child, as one couple in El Paso did.

It’s time to look beyond politics and to really look at what our nation and our world need most, and that is God.

The minute we took God and prayer out of schools and tried to remove religious symbols from the public eye, all in effort to be politically correct, that was the minute we laid the foundation for the hatred that seems to be consuming our world.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Sound familiar? It is time to get back to promoting love, patience, understanding and Godliness before we fall so far down that we cannot get up again!

Joshua Copeland

Cumberland

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