In just five laughably arrogant and masterfully idiotic words: “God Is Not Fixing This,” a newspaper crystalizes the great divide that separates Americans even more than does political party: the deep canyon between those who think God is indeed an able fixer, and those claiming that only Man and more of his gun laws can “fix” horrific attacks like the San Bernardino slaughter.
As soon as Republican presidential candidates offered up prayers on social media for the shooting victims, their families, and first responders, the paper reacted with a snide smackdown. Ridiculing religious believers has long been the secular left’s favorite blood sport but here the New York Daily News sacrifices their onetime oh-so-pristine, uber politically correct safe zone lib credentials on the altar of shameful anti-God bigotry. They also viciously insult the nearly 80 percent of Americans who say they pray once a day or more, according to surveys by both Lifeway and Pew Research.
Unlike the Daily News, these prayer believers find that prayer works. God answers them. About 83 percent feel at least some of their prayers are answered, while 25 percent say all of them are. Everyone who has prayed for a loved one’s successful surgery outcome, for peace in a personal dispute, for God’s direction in choosing a job or a mate, knows that prayer works. And sometimes miracles happen; just ask a doctor.
Mostly, believers pray for family and friends – about 82 percent. They pray for God’s comfort, for healing, for less suffering, just as the Republican candidates prayed for the attack victims. Apparently the New York Daily News would rather the loved ones of the wounded and the dead just continue to suffer. And that’s how very compassionately these secular “humanists” care about their fellow humans. They were probably seriously annoyed when the churches were filled with people turning to God after 9/11.
The paper’s subhead betrays their alternative spirituality – a boundless belief in government as savior and fealty to the left’s first commandment: Thou Shalt Have NO Guns. It reads, “As the latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.”
By “meaningless platitudes” they mean prayer, which many scientific studies over decades as well as individuals’ personal experiences find to be incredibly effective. By “cowards” they mean Republican presidential contenders in the Senate who pray for the victims, namely Senators Cruz, Rubio and Paul. By “truly end gun scourge” they mean pass legislation that effectively ends our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Actually, the gun-haters in the media, the Democrat party, and the Daily News have it exactly backwards. Bad guys will always be able to get whatever weapons they choose. Proof: the cities with the strictest gun laws like Chicago, New York, and Detroit have the most gun crime. When bad guys are bent on massacre, they understandably prefer that they are the only ones with guns. They may be insane, but they’re not stupid.
The school shooters fearlessly enter those school buildings and slaughter our children because the sign on the door says “no guns allowed.” Maybe they can’t read very well. The maniac in the Colorado theater massacre bypassed nearly a dozen theaters closer to his apartment and picked the one that banned guns. It’s not that hard to figure out, even if you’re a foaming-at-the-brain, bullet-loathing liberal. As long as we choose to leave the defenseless undefended this will continue to happen.
And now a word about God for you New York Daily Newsers. Since God is omnipotent and omniscient and all, he can fix anything he chooses to. He fixed the Israelites slavery, freeing them from their Egyptian misery with a series of colorfully dramatic miracles. But God doesn’t always choose to answer our prayers the way we would like. After all, Jesus didn’t heal every blind man in Israel, only some of them.
The Apostle Paul who was God’s ace traveling salesman begged the Lord he served for decades to cure him of a painful affliction. But instead God said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” That would be a no. Christians, like Paul, trust our God to make the right decisions about our prayers because we know he loves us.
Because he loves us, he tries to fix us. Christians believe (as did the Founding Fathers who wrote restraints on power into the Constitution) that humanity is in a fallen condition, desperately in need of rescuing. God tried to fix that by offering up his only son to save us from our inherent evil. But it’s up to us whether or not we accept his fix. God only knocks on the door, never forcing entry.
Despite the daily headlines proving the contrary, leftists believe Man is essentially good and a few hundred or a few thousand more laws will fix him, sending us all on the daisy path to earthly utopia.
This clash of world-views, God-believers versus unbelievers, will continue to become more vitriolic. (And no, Islam’s God is not Christianity’s God.) Today Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to be Christians according to decades of polling, and among those with no religious affiliation at all, 61% lean Democrat, the highest in over two decades of Pew surveys. Religious belief or lack of it drives worldview and thus political views in fundamental ways. And liberals are often more fundamentalist than Christians.
As for the New York Daily News, I will pray for you.