And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.- (Ephesians 4:30-32 ESV)
Some say that most of the violence in American is caused by guns, others blame it on prayer being taken out of public schools. This is all part of the current culture war being fought in America. A war of words, thoughts, and ideologies. I believe when people become arrogant and refuse to acknowledge their Creator - spiritual darkness and violence increase. The United States is experiencing an evil spiritual invasion which has sought to desensitize both young and old alike through exposure to images of violence and all sorts of perversions. God is grieved by so much evil.
Many years ago the U.S. experienced a spiritual invasion from the east. We are all 'gods' according to the eastern mystics. That view of spirituality combined with self-centered western materialism make for a really bad combination. The new 'priest' of our society are psychologist, university professors, the news media, and those from the entertainment industry. Many of their ideas form the minds of the American public. And science seems to have the final word on everything in the western world. A Christian worldview doesn't reject all science, because God gives knowledge to the world through many different sources. But followers of Jesus understand that the supernatural cannot be explained scientifically.
Holding to a strict scientific, naturalistic, anti-supernatural worldview grieves the heart of God. We saw the results or the fruit of this atheistic worldview from the communist regimes of the twentieth century. Education, counseling, and passing better laws can be helpful, but until the human heart is changed we are only putting a band-aide on a terminal wound. Religion without the love of Christ doesn't work either, that is why Jesus told Nicodemus "you must be born again." When Jesus returns to the earth to set up his kingdom those that follow him will experience the Utopia that so many long for. But until then we must share the life transforming truth that only Jesus Christ can give. - Bobby