The United(now and then)States of America


Almost immediately after mass shooting deaths and injuries, the area becomes a media circus and crime scene. Law enforcement agencies swarm the area. Reporters start asking victims how they’re feeling.

Later that day fearful relatives and friends flood the crime scene asking anybody who’ll talk to them if they know anything about the victims or the wounded.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

That same day, or possibly the next, an outpouring ofCongress united compassion and sympathy for the victims and their families blossoms. It spreads throughout the community quickly touching every heart. Friend or foe. It matters not whether the victims are students, Blacks, soldiers, Muslims, co-workers, senior citizens, gays, Democrats or Republicans. The effusive sympathy and care for the shooting victims and the wounded binds the community together in uncommon fellowship and unity–all with one goal: to relieve suffering and unite in one voice of grief and resolve that they’ll, “come through this tragedy.”

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

Where was all this care and compassion yesterday? Where was the love and resolve to be united with neighbors?

Right after a tragedy you might have seen a gun-totin’, second-amendment-loving truck driver serving a meal to a Muslim family. Or a Left-wing liberal providing shelter for a right-wing Republican family for the night.

A few weeks after the tragedy passes, however, folks return to their “normal” judgmental, prejudiced, politically correct, intolerant ways.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who [insult you and] persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we witnessed members of the legislature gathered together on the steps of the Capitol singing “God Bless America”. After the song they returned to their fighting and arguing.

After a mass shooting the compassion, love and kindness lasts long enough for the community and families of the loved ones killed or injured to get through the tragedy and begin putting the pieces of their lives back together.

We probably won’t see the same kind of genuine unity again until after the next mass shooting.

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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6 Responses to The United(now and then)States of America

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Amen, Silent. Yes, they will be turned over if Jesus doesn’t get a hold on them. Thank you for your comment and for visiting FHG. I look forward to reading more of your stuff in the days and weeks to come.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Sad situation but not surprising. As someone has said ” A proud person treats other people with indifference — only using them.” Unless the worst brings out the best of all, people revert to base mode of operation. Unless they have experienced God’s grace and mercy, it is not in man to be kind to one another.

  3. Sadly it’s the only time when people show they have a heart. Like you posted, it shouldn’t be that way. The media is a circum indeed.

    • The media is a circus..

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      You are absolutely right. And it should not be that way. I don’t see a turnaround. Sadly I see this trend continuing. Only God can turn it around. But as every day passes, it seems this country is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah.

      • Absolutely correct. However, we know that God will turn their minds over to reprobation. We must continue in the truth that we know, because Christ will win. Keep spreading the truth. Much success in Jesus name.

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