By David Bryan
“And He spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always pray, and not faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city: and she came to him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, less by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says.
7 And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night to Him, though He bear long with them?
8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?”
Luke Chapter 18: 1-8
The New York newspaper; The Daily News headline screamed “God isn’t Fixing This” in direct response to yesterday’s mass shooting in California and that of the US politicians remarks. In another place “it is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God” “after the devil takes Jesus up into the holy city and sets Him on a pinnacle of the temple and says to Him, if You be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning You; and in their hands they shall bear You up, less at any time You dash Your foot against a stone” (Matthew 4: 5, 6).
Both passages are instructive as well as persuasive in the arguments for Congressmen to implement and executed proper realistic gun legislation aimed at reducing gun violence and gun related mass shootings.
Firstly, God is a God who “loves justice and hates robbery”. He will always answer His people, and never deter them from “praying without ceasing ” because He never “grows weary or faint”. But, we must not confuse the roles that He has chosen for those who have been elected to duly carry out their solemn duties. It is for the US Congressmen and women to actively pursue the statutory framework to minimize the gun incidents in America.
It is for the constituents to keep “continual coming” to the politicians to get “justice” for stricter laws to prevent mass murders. Whether; it is being the activist, lobbyist or ‘votist’ at the appropriate time. The politician does not have the vote. It is the voters.
Secondly, everyday delaying the vote on practical gun laws in America increases the likelihood of frequent mass shooting and denying the God given tools and resources available to protect the population. The fact that some in Congress believes by some chance that somehow “angles” will intervene and save individuals from another mass shooting is a gross dereliction of civic duty that has been placed on the Congress of the Unites States of America.
The National Rifle Association cannot be the most powerful organization in America. That attribute has to go to the USA Congress. It is left to see who really is in charge. The days are coming when Senators and the House of Representatives will have to account for their actions or in action and discharge the burden place on them for saving the future lives of ordinary Americans by passing better gun laws.