A favorite sport of people in high places is to place the blame for multiple murders on loose gun control and blunt political rhetoric. So goes the explanation that a berserk man in Arizona would kill six people and wound fourteen others. Only in passing is it stated that the man had a history of using drugs.

More than 30,000 people have died across the border in Mexico in drug wars. Drugs cause death in more ways than one. “The heart of man is deceitful and wicked above all things! Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Ordinarily human beings are inhibited from acting out who they really are. Drugs remove those inhibitions. The addict says in his heart, “I don’t care who dies or who is robbed. I must have my drugs!”

A strong family, parental control and love, a strong sense of accountability to God, restrain evil. Permissive parents, divorce, little or no Christianity in the home–leave a vacuum which the devil and the drug pusher are ready to fill.

Instead of blaming others, the carnage in Arizona should lead all to acknowledge a sinful heart, and to “return to the Lord, and He will have mercy…and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

Then with renewed determination, and by the power of the Spirit, strengthen our marriages, discipline our children, give our children a strong grounding in the Bible and the love of Christ, and pray that God remove from our midst this plague of drugs.

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