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The Sante Fe High School Shooting

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The Sante Fe High School Shooting:

Yesterday, a gunman entered the Sante Fe High School in Sante Fe, Texas, and began murdering fellow classmates in a rampage that left several people dead. It is a horrific tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims as well as the family of the one who took the lives of others. As a parent, I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for everyone involved.

Sadly, leaders of doomsday cults use these acts of violence as means to further their agendas. While highly publicized tragedies are fresh on the minds of their listeners, leaders of doomsday cults use the events as examples of what they claim is evidence that the world is getting worse and near to destruction. By no means do we want to make light of the current tragedy, however, it is worth pointing out that those who use these platforms of fear are both doing so maliciously and ignorantly. A wide range of statistics confirms that we live in the safest time in world history. One illustrated example:

An analyst being interviewed by CNN yesterday mentioned an interesting fact that surprised even the speaker interviewing him. While the recent school shootings appear to have increased in frequency due to "copycats" or other reasons, we can't say that mass school murders are the most deadly in the history of the United States. Of those school massacres which we are historically aware, the 1927 tragedy that happened at Bath Consolidated School near Lansing, Michigan still remains the most deadly in United States history.

It would be unsympathetic to draw any conclusions from this data. For those who have lost loved ones in any situation, there is no greater or lesser tragedy; all loss of life is equally tragic. We can, however, suggest that listeners in churches whose minister or leaders base their doctrine on platforms of fear make themselves aware of critical information and recognize patterns of fear woven into sermons of "God's love".

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
- 1 John 4:18