When Tragedy Strikes, Americans Stand Divided

160612085703-orlando-nightclub-shooting-witness-sot-00000318-exlarge-teaseThis past Sunday morning, our country was once again attacked…or was it? A young man walked into a crowded building with guns and began shooting. When everything was over, 49 lives had been taken and countless other lives had been destroyed, both physically and emotionally.

My attention was drawn to an article that appeared in the Washington Post, “When Tragedy Hits, Americans Stand Divided.”

“Three of the most contentious questions in American culture and politics — gay rights, gun control and terrorism — collided in a horrific way in an Orlando nightclub early Sunday…

“It is not entirely clear what inspired Omar Mateen to commit the worst mass shooting in U.S. history…But it happened in a gay club…It was perpetrated during the holy month of Ramadan by an American-born man whose family originally came from Afghanistan…He did it with a handgun and an AR-15 — the same semiautomatic rifle that was part of the arsenals used to kill 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012; 20 first-graders and six adults later that year in Newtown, Conn.; and 14 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., last December.”

 “Across the ideological and partisan divide, it no longer seems possible to even explore — much less agree upon — causes and solutions. So the response has been muddled, even while the next tragedy looms.”

In other words, what divides our country is the fact that no one can agree on the root cause of the problem and therefore no one can agree on the solution to the problem.

Homosexuality, Gun Control, Religious Terrorism are all fruits. Everyone has been trying to correct the fruit and have completely ignored the root. It is a waste of time to address the fruit unless and until we adequately address the root of the problem.

Message preached on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.

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