So we had another tragedy of our own making in Newton recently; and as is so often the case, it didn't take long for persons who are identified as Christian leaders to inveigh against our godless society -pretty much stating that incidents like these are the result of removing God from society. But is this truly the case? Is the removal of God from the public square in America the reason for these beastly actions?
Is the removal of God part of the problem or is God part of the problem? When I think of this the following are some of the things I note:
Who owns the most guns in our society? From what I have read, people who identify themselves as Christians are more likely to be owners of firearms than any other segment.
In other developed countries where God plays no official role in public life, violence and violence perpetrated by firearms not nearly as prevalent in those states as is violence here in America.
The USA is one of the most religious nations in the world, yet with the highest murder rate by far. And oddly enough the highest murder rates are found in those areas of the country that are most religious. As an example, in both church attendance and murders - the south reigns supreme.
Could it be argued that based on this evidence and more, that there is a correlation that God is the problem and not the absence of God?
Or perhaps it is more accurate to state that it is the way that God has been packaged and has been presented in this land of ours.... that is part of the problem...
Which is it? What say you?
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