26th September 2017

Guns Kill People 

“’But you,’ He asked them, ‘who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus responded, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.’”
Matthew 16:15-18 (CSB)
 

One thing which annoys me is the way guns and killing are shown on TV and in Films. Automatic weapons are lethal, and faced with one we would be lucky to survive. Yet the hero with a handgun somehow dodges a hail of bullets from an automatic weapon, then shoots and kills the baddie with a single shot. In my army days, a GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) could fire 1000 rounds a minute, and gun technology has moved on since the 1960s. The way the entertainment industry treats guns and killing is a disgrace. Media is also incredibly powerful in spreading false ideas about other things. Why do big companies pay thousands for TV adverts if they don’t work? The answer is because they do!

But the entertainment industry is just as guilty of spreading false ideas about Christians. How often is the Christian portrayed as an unbalanced odd ball, a bit of a weirdo, or an arrogant self-righteous prig? How often are derogatory comments made on radio, TV and in Films. When did you last see a positive image of a Christian or Christian Minister? As mature adults we know it’s all phoney, but young people may not.

The entertainment industry certainly does not seem to honour Christians and Christianity. If the same negative message keeps being churned out constantly, is it any wonder that people today are contemptuous of Christians; That church attendance is falling among young people and forecasts have been made that the established church will have died out in the UK by 2050. Our heading scripture tells us that won’t happen, despite the entertainment industry’s best efforts. In fact, the worse it gets the more likely that God will give us another revival as has happened in the past. But the important thing for us as Christians is to stay close to God, not let the negative treatment of Christianity affect us, hold on to the eternal true values we have been taught and to live them to the best of our ability.

The best news of all, of course, is that God wins! (Revelation 21:1-4) 

Prayer
Loving Father, it is incredible that you allow humanity to denigrate and ignore you after what you have done for us through Christ. We pray for a spiritual and moral revival as a blessing for all humanity. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
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Local Congregational Contact:
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Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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One Response to “26th September 2017”

  1. John Armstrong on September 26th, 2017 10:18 am

    Good morning Keith Hartrick,
    Hope you and yours are well.
    The first part of your article entitled “Guns Kill People” reminds me that about twenty years ago whilst attending a service at a local
    church (not WCG), the speaker ,addressing the topic of child rearing,
    mentioned that an army officer told him that the video games so popular with children were similar to those used by the army to de-sensitise trainee soldiers to killing. Since you were in the military, you may not be surprised or are you?
    Regards
    John Armstrong

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