Today in Connecticut 20 children were murdered by an obviously mentally disturbed young man. I heard the news today at my husband's work Christmas lunch. I felt physically ill. The first words that came out of my mouth: "Who shoots a CHILD?"
I want to be heard very clearly: This world is broken. It started with the breakdown of the family structure. No more do we have the majority of children being born and raised by 2 parents.
In women UNDER 30, over 50% of children are born out of marriage.
In ALL ages of women, 41% of children are born out of marriage.
"It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal." (New York Times)
“Marriage has become a luxury...,” said Frank Furstenberg, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania. (New York Times)
Children born in one parent homes have a higher likelihood of living in poverty, of having social and emotional problems, behavior problems, and failing in school.
Fifty years ago this didn't happen.
Fifty years ago children didn't get murdered at school by some deranged 20 year old.
Fifty years ago we still stood and said the Pledge of Allegiance in school, and we still read the Bible in school, and we still prayed.
But then we took God out. And since then, all hell has broken loose. Literally.
A movie theater in Colorado.
A shopping mall in Oregon.
20+ children between the ages of 5 and 10, gunned down like animals.
A professional football player killing his wife/girlfriend and then himself.
Precious, innocent lives. And do you want to know what I think? I think it's because we, as a nation, basically gave God the finger, and instead of just smiting us right then and there, He left us to our own devices. We kicked Him out, and He left. He's not forcing His way back in...that's not how He works.
He's waiting to be asked. So. I'm asking. Lord Jesus, Father God... forgive us. Come back to us. God tells us in His Word:
"If my people, who are called by my name [Christian], will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
And I'm asking the same of you. This doesn't get any more REAL. Evil is REAL. God is REAL. Today is the repercussions of our own stubborn, proud, arrogance. Please join me, and ask God back into our Country.