Naturally, the debates over gun control have accelerated. Some people argue we need to eliminate guns, at least certain types of guns. I would lean that direction. Others rebut that it is not the guns but the people that are the problem. I wonder if we get rid of people and keep the guns if that will solve the problem.
Either way, we need to go deeper. Why is our culture becoming so much more violent? Why do these savage events seem to be increasing? Why do people not value each other's lives?
We have to start pondering and wrestling with these questions, such as:
- Why do we entertain ourselves with violence on TV, movies, computer games and so forth? Ironically, Hollywood endorses gun control, but keeps putting out all this violence which hardens our heart to the sacredness of life. As my friend says, "Life imitates art." Thus, if we want to slow down the violence, we need to do something about the world of art and entertainment.
- How can we build up family life? Studies show that the majority of gang members are fatherless. Family life has fallen apart. Yet, a stable family life helps develop a strong identity. Shattered family lives create shattered identities. Shattered identities shatter other people's identities.
- Of course, isn't this also partly the result of social Darwinism? Social Darwinism tells us: "People killing each other is natural; the strongest will survive. It's not really all that wrong, after all, it is natural. All the sexual assaults by people in power is all natural." See, we have been educated by our schools about Darwinism, and so we are naturally acting it out. After all, Darwinism tells us that we humans are only animals, and thus we are acting like animals. But what if we are more than animals? What if each person is a divinely created human being?
- Yes, this leads us back to the question, "Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? What if we as people truly followed Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace? What if the churches of Jesus followed Jesus?