In the hours following the latest mass shooting, it’s hard to believe that Thursday night’s tragedy at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater is becoming a normal occurrence. Although the scene may vary between a business, mall or school, the outcome is the same, leaving behind a trail of death, injuries and scarred souls. These weekly acts make me wonder “what’s causing these individual’s to pull the trigger?”
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them, 1 John 2:15.
The alarmist might blame this on Shoot Em Up Video games. Psychologists may point toward stress, troubled emotions or unsettled issues from the past. Preachers will likely reference a culture turning away from God, a sign of the end of days. Yet, something inside of me thinks demons are preying on vulnerable hearts and minds searching for a way to take out their frustrations on a life that hasn’t turned out the way they hoped.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world, 1 John 2:16.
Though no one will know the actual answer until this is revealed in heaven or on Judgement Day, it’s difficult for me not to overlook powers of darkness. Cain killed his brother over jealousy. David planned the death of Uriah out of lust for a married woman. Judas Iscariot committed suicide brought on by guilt. If all this happened in the past, why isn’t it logical to believe that spirits are planting seeds of evil inside human beings. While not every situation is the Devil’s fault, fleshly desires, pride and worldly influences all play a role in causing individual to exercise free will by pulling the trigger.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever, 1 John 2:17.
by Jay Mankus