‘WEAPONS IN THE HAND OR IDEAS OF THE HEART?’
April 12, 2018 | By Everett Piper
Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom to know how to respond to the events that happen around us each day.
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prv 4:6-7)
The BBC News reported last week that the London murder rate has overtaken that of New York City:
“So far in 2018, the London Metropolitan Police department (the Met) has investigated 46 murders, compared with 50 in [New York City]. But, while New York’s murder rate decreased from the end of January, London’s rose markedly from that point. Ex-Met Police Chief, Leroy Logan says it is proof that ‘London’s violent traits have become a virus.’”
The BBC goes further: “Statistics from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Met police, which were reported this past week, highlight narrowing murder rates between the two cities, which have similar population sizes.”…
The BBC concludes by citing Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones, who chairs London’s all-party parliamentary group on knife crime:
“We need a proper strategy that looks at all of the issues. Knife crime and violent crime acts like an epidemic, so you need to go in at the source to cut it off and then you need to inoculate the future young people against it. Going in at source means going into schools, changing the social norms, educating kids, teaching them what it is to be a man.“…
Hmm So, could it be that our cousins in the “gun free zone” across the pond just admitted that it’s not so much about the weapon held in the hand as it is about the ideas that are held in the heart?
Common sense tells us that ideas have consequences. Good ideas lead to good culture and bad ideas lead to the opposite. As Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in this heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.” In other words, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” and the hand acts….
Disparage Christian morality and it will inevitably be replaced by the amorality of tolerance. Tolerance then becomes anarchy, which always leads to tyranny. Freedom is lost when you tear down the virtue’s fences. Get rid of the big laws and you do not get liberty but rather thousands of little laws that rush in to fill the void. Vacuums are always filled. A void of love will be filled with hate. Get rid of Christ and you get chaos and corruption.
The words from nearly a decade ago from Londoner Matthew Parris are somewhat haunting here:
“As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God One [belief system] has been supplanted by another Removing Christian evangelism from the equation may leave the continent at the mercy of the malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete.”…
Could it be that the Brits just admitted that the predicate for human decency is not so much about the weapon that is held in the hand as it is the ideas that are held in the heart? (Excerpts from Everett Piper’s article in The Washington Times)