Not one — addressing the news stories about the Sandy Hook shooting

Ecclesiastes 7



It’s no surprise that everyone is still talking about the shooting in Connecticut.  News sites are still relentless about it:

yahoo news

Yahoo! features the story in two of its five headlines.  Nothing extremely sensational going on here.  They typically have the heavy stuff coupled with lighter material, making for an interesting balance.

nbc news
The top of MSNBC’s page is flooded with information about the shooting.  It’s like a candy store: take your pick.

fox news
As for FOX, unless you scroll down (or have high rez), you don’t have a choice but to gaze at the tragedy afoot.  A lot of the articles are heart-targeted pieces and discussions on gun control, highlighting the horrors and deterioration of our society.
cnn news
CNN doesn’t seem to have as much about the shooting emblazoned on their page.  They certainly have their share of articles, if you’re looking for them, but the glorification is relatively absent.

The reason I’m posting these screen shots is not commentary on our corrupt media, or a comparison of the various approaches to the same story based on political alignment.  It’s about one thing in particular:

No one is without sin.  No one.

We are all prone to selfishness.  Some people make it look better than others, but we all have the same disease.

Take a look at all those links on each page.  They all say, “Click me.” Why? Because when you click on them and scroll through them, someone is going to get paid for it.

Do you believe the extensive quantity of stories available about the shooting are entirely innocent? They’re fishing. For you. It doesn’t matter what site you’re on; they’re all doing the same thing.

It doesn’t bother me that they’re making money off of clicks, but the nature of the stories they’re using troubles me greatly.  But it’s not surprising to me at all.  Ecclesiastes already talked about it.

Look at these verses:

20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.

21 Also do not take to heart everything people say,
Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
22 For many times, also, your own heart has known
That even you have cursed others.

No one is exempt from corruption. And in case you thought that didn’t include yourself, Solomon adds verse 22, to clarify that you’re just as messed up as everyone else.

“Yeah, but I didn’t shoot a bunch of kids.”

You’re right.  But by what standard are you measuring righteousness?  Are you gauging how good you are by your own standards?  Someone else might find eating meat or wearing moccasins to be corrupt behavior.  Are they any less correct?

“How can you possibly compare killing kids to wearing moccasins?”

The point is not what the transgression is, but the fact that we all have transgressed in some way — and not by our own faulty standards, but by God’s standard of perfection. Even Solomon agrees that he falls short, and alludes to God’s endless well of wisdom:

23 All this I have proved by wisdom.
I said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.
24 As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep,
Who can find it out?

There was only one man on this earth that walked the line.  And He walked it all the way to the cross.  The standard of perfection is Jesus Christ, and it is impossible to achieve without becoming the standard by association with Him.

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