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Letter from the President: May 25, 2022

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Letter from the President

May 25, 2022

Yesterday we were hit with the tragic news of another senseless mass school shooting—this time in the small border town of Uvalde, Texas.

As you may have read or seen, a troubled young man of only 18 years old shot his grandmother and then, for some reason, drove over to an elementary school and proceeded to shoot and kill 19 young children and two teachers. As I understand, a few more children remain in critical to serious condition.

News like this is shocking. It is difficult to understand how any human could just go in and arbitrarily gun down innocent young lives. Alarmingly, these incidents continue to escalate in number in our nation. It seems hardly a week goes by without someone creating lethal chaos in supermarkets, schools, workplaces or other public areas.

Our hearts and sympathy go out to all those who are suffering tremendously, who have their lives changed forever as a result of yesterday’s tragedy. When we see these things, brethren, what do we think?

We have heard politicians yesterday and today telling us the answer is gun control. Others tell us the answer is identifying and providing treatment for those who appear with mental health issues. From a human perspective, these may seem to hold merit. But is that the real problem? Does anyone in the world really offer a solution to these and other major issues? Sadly, they do not.

But you and I know where the ultimate hope for humanity lies. It exists not in new government controls or mental health centers. Those things may help in some cases, but the full and lasting answer to mankind’s ills can only come from a profound change in human nature. The Bible tells us the natural mind is contrary against God (Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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) and the natural human heart and mind is “deceitful”—incapable of comprehending a spiritual answer—even to the point of being “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
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).

We see this in the world around us and we see these senseless crimes and violence increasing in our nation that has lost its way—a nation that turns further and further away from God. These events are so far from any description of decent, human morality.

Let’s mourn for this world because of the suffering it is now going through (Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel 9:4And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof.
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), and for the suffering that it will continue to go through as a consequence of turning away from God. Let us also pray with renewed fervor for the return of Jesus Christ. It is only in His return and the establishment of the Kingdom of God that the problems, heartache, anguish and suffering of mankind can ever be resolved. And let us all—with all of our hearts and minds—turn to God for guidance and answers, “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12 2 Peter 3:12Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
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).