When Prayers Are Not Enough: A Call to Action From Our Children
In response to the tragic shooting at a Florida high school this week, the Rev. Jim Wallis pronounces, "I believe the National Rifle Association and their gun-running sponsors are responsible for the death of Florida children and their teachers." The politicians and pundits who are so quick to send their thoughts and prayers also need to be held accountable, Wallis continues, "I believe the elected officials who are too cowardly to ban assault weapons ... are responsible for this week's brutal killing," as well.
David Hogg, a senior at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the shooting took place, told the Washington Post, "Blood is being spilled on the floors of American classrooms and that is not acceptable."
Rev. Wallis urges that we take our prayers and turn them into action by siding with our children who live in fear of gun violence every day and take the steps necessary to end this far too frequent manmade disaster.
We, as a nation, need to repent for the sins of gun violence and the murders of these children and the brave school staff who sought to keep them safe. The biblical definition of repentance means to stop and turn in a new direction. In order to repent, we must realize that thoughts and prayers are not enough; we must take action to uphold life.