Lucy stood frozen with her weapon drawn. The bear was nearly upon her now.
Even though she was an expert shot, uncertainty and compassion made Lucy hesitate. Just when it seemed that she was doomed, an arrow struck true, killing the bear.
“Lucy, why didn’t you shoot?” asked Susan.
“I don’t know,” a trembling Lucy replied. “I guess I wasn’t sure whether he was a bad bear or not.”
“Oh, he was a bad one all right,” Trumpkin confidently said. “He wanted to eat you.”
It was Trumpkin’s arrow that killed the bear, and in the process saved Lucy’s life.
The reason that Lucy was reluctant to kill the bear was because there were two types of creatures in this magical place. Those who could talk were followers of Aslan, and they were good. Because they had chosen evil and were followers of the white witch, the ones who could not talk were dumb.
Being unable to discern by appearance alone nearly cost Lucy her life.
The girls sat under a tree trying to calm down, when suddenly Lucy had an awful thought.
“What if someday men in our world turn into beasts on the inside, only you can’t tell it because the still look like men on the outside?”
The above short summary was taken from C.S. Lewis’ book, Prince Caspian. It is one book in a series of six. Although it was written long ago, it is amazing to me that the Prince Caspian hits the nail on the head regarding mankind.
There are beasts walking around us disguised as men. How else could you explain these recent awful and tragic events? Each time I hear of school shooting, I think about Lucy’s words to her sister and subsequent warning to us. It would take a beast to enter a school and kill 26 people. In 1998 we had shootings in Alaska, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. In 1999 we had the trench coat mafia shooting in Littleton, Colorado. We had the shooting at Virginia Tech, and now Sandy Hook. I agree with the President – “Enough!” Or, “Uncle” or “Mercy!”
Each time such tragedies occur, as a nation we look for answers. Why did it happen? How did it happen? It happens because of a multitude of reasons.
First, I don’t understand how a child or a group of children can amass a large amount of weapons without their parents’ knowledge. Parents are the gatekeepers of their homes, or at least they should be.
Secondly, I believe that the root of the problem is a false self-perception. In order to devalue life, you must not know its value. You must think little of yourself and define others’ worth through that prism.
I am also persuaded that this lack of worth is attributed to our lack of faith. The scripture states, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” It simply means that when our thoughts or actions are different from what God says they should be, we are to acknowledge that He is correct and we are wrong. What does he say about our worth? A lot, actually.
“We are wonderful and beautifully made. The very hairs on our head are numbered. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us.”
He has plans for us, plans of hope, peace and a future. There are many more examples, but each one only reiterates how special we all are. If I embrace this, then I cannot devalue my life or the life of my fellow man. Somewhere along the way, we have lost our truth north. Our moral compass is broken. As a result, we have beasts walking around looking like men. We cannot replace God and ignore His words and expect things to be all right. The truth is God. Man is fallen. We live in a world tainted with sin, and left on our own, we will mess up royally.
As a result of this most recent mass shooting our leaders right now are trying to figure out what to do. I would suggest that you cannot fight a spiritual battle with natural weapons. That would be as effective as fighting the wind. While I will agree that strongly enforced laws will help curtail the actions of ungodly people, I don’t believe that unregenerate men can stop doing evil. We are told in scripture that it is impossible for a bad tree to bear good fruit. The only answer to our dilemma is the Blood of the Lamb.
“If My people which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven forgive their sins and heal their land.”