There have been a lot of horrific events happening recently in our country. More school shootings and random killing sprees. Lately, this feels like it is happening every day. I do not watch the news often but when I do....it is truly depressing.
I know there are alot of questions that people ask during tragedies---especially when innocent people die due to someone else's uncontrollable anger. Please allow me to debunk some myths that you may believe or the media may be selling:
Myth: "Guns are evil".
Fact: People have free will to DO EVIL. Many folks are outraged about the recent school shootings and random killings and their response is to take guns away. If people have evil in their heart and mind, they are capable of using anything as a weapon. God has given us FREE WILL (He is not a dictator)--therefore, we choose to do good or evil with our lives. We choose to allow good or evil to brew inside of our hearts and minds and we CHOOSE how we will act upon our internal lives.
Myth: "God abandoned us".
Fact: God is right here. Right there. God is everywhere. If God created the Earth, why would he disappear in the midst of pain and suffering? God is there in the crises we encounter. We just need to talk to him. Sometimes we need to shut the heck up and listen to him.
Myth: "People with mental health disorders are all crazy".
Fact: Check yourself. The media has twisted this lately with the school shootings and mass murderers. A mental health diagnosis is mentioned and many folks conclude that anyone with (name a particular diagnosis) are horrible people. Let's get real. If we all sat down with a psychologist, we would all walk away with some type of diagnosis. Our diagnoses could be based on environmental stressors, family history, loss, abuse, or just how our brain is wired.
Myth: "We are not safe anywhere".
Fact: We are not safe anywhere. We never know what could happen to us while we are driving our car, talking a walk, going to school, or at work. Things may happen that are unexplainable. People may be taken from us and it may not be fair. Unfortunately, life is not fair. Crap happens to good people AND bad people. The thing that is most important is that knowing where we place OUR FAITH and finding TRUTH in an age of blurred lines.