Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But this time we’ve got a preacher — Pastor Frank Nolton of the New Hope Community Church. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Another case of mass violence has occurred, this time at UC Merced. However, a gun was not the weapon that caused the injuries, but a knife. Guns aren’t the problem in our society. It goes way beyond that.
The rev is talking about this: “Manifesto” detailed revenge plot in Calif. campus stabbings. You probably heard about it. That news story says:
An 18-year-old California university freshman went on an elaborately planned rampage with a hunting knife because he was barred from a study group, authorities said. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said a two-page “manifesto” detailing Faisal Mohammad’s motive and plans to terrorize and kill several classmates at the University of California, Merced was found on his body Thursday during his autopsy. Campus police shot and killed Mohammad after the teen stabbed two students, a university employee and a construction contractor … .
The rev’s letter promises to explain the cause of this problem. He says:
When our kids are taught that they exist by random chance, the result of billions of years of evolution, instead of the fact that there is a Creator who specifically and intentionally created them and who loves them deeply, this naturally leads to the belief that there is no purpose, no reason, and no meaning to life.
So true! But is that what motivated the knife-wielding student? That news story tells us:
[Sheriff] Warnke said Mohammad’s plan was written in English and referenced the Muslim god Allah several times. But Warnke said the student was motivated by personal animosities and the attacks had nothing to do with religion or terrorism.
There seems to be a conflict between what the Sheriff says and what the rev is telling us. But the rev must know what he’s talking about. Let’s read on:
Why are so many people angry, violent, and uncivil today? Because the human heart without God is hopeless. And without hope there is nothing to live for except a few years of searching for happiness on a planet gone mad.
Jeepers — how depressing! The rev continues:
If this life is all there is, than life is indeed a cruel joke and void of any meaning. If there is no personal God who is our Creator, we are, in the end, all alone and accountable to no one. So who cares if we shoot, stab, step on, or harm others? After all, it’s survival of the fittest, baby! What a pathetic view of life, the view of life that naturally occurs when God is absent.
It’s obviously Darwin’s fault, because he gave us a pathetic view of life. Here’s more:
The evils we see in our society — senseless violence, broken families, out-of-control drug and alcohol abuse, rampant sexual immorality, rage and anger — are just symptoms of a deeper problem, which is the human heart without Jesus. We are seeing very clearly what a society looks like without Him. And it is terrifying.
At the end of his insightful letter, the rev tells us how to solve the problem:
Church, it’s time to forget political correctness and being “cool” and boldly proclaim the truth that God exists, that He created us and loves us. To proclaim that life does have purpose and meaning — to know and worship our Creator and to have a deep relationship with Him. … Church, stand up and be bold! The future of our nation is at stake.
Sound advice indeed! Go forth, dear reader, and do as the rev says.
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