It's A Heart Problem
After some law enforcement officers were gunned down, I heard these words during a news conference: "It's not a gun problem, it's a heart problem". That is so very true. There has to be something wrong with a person willing to kill others. These people demonstrate that they have hate in their hearts, and animosity towards others. One thing is obvious; they do not have God in their heart.
After several encounters between citizens and law enforcement officials, there has been a growing tension between them. Some appear to take the law into their own hands and take lives regardless of whether they know the facts or not. After many have been killed, the conversation turned to race relations. Yes we have racists in our country. We always have, and we always will. Because we pointed out that racism comes from Satan, it is going to be there in people's hearts. The only way to remove such racism is to change ones heart. Only God has the solution to all our problems.
I said there was conversation, and I would imagine that most discussions end up speaking past each other and yet they will all seek human wisdom and philosophy, and the problem will continue.
Until one turns to God and starts living the way God wants them to live, the problems will continue. The problem in this country is that everyone knows we have a problem, and there is a solution to fix the problem, but they do not want to face the solution. The solution is keeping God's commands. The solution is to learn from the Bible what God requires of you. The solution is treating others with fairness, honesty, integrity, respect, and love. Remember that God's ways are higher than man's ways (Isaiah 55:9). Only God's ways provide a solution to the problems in this country. And sadly, most will reject what God offers.
Jesus spoke of all the evil, lies, adulteries that come out of the mouth (Matthew 15:11,16-20). For what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart. And we are not speaking of the blood pumping organ; we are speaking of the mind and what is there.
Proverbs 3:5-6 reads: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight". In verse 3-4 we read: "Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, so you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man". This is what God commands. In verse 1 we read: "My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;". If people would do this, things would improve greatly.
Yes, God has the answer, and it is up to each individual to choose whether they will obey God and improve things or whether they will reject God and have to live with the consequences. The consequences will result in eternal torment in hell; it will result in chaos in our cities and streets; it will result in wickedness being promoted and righteousness being ridiculed. Those who choose to live with God will suffer at the hands of those who choose not to dwell with God.
Let each of us resolve to live righteously and be a light unto others. Let us guide souls out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ.
By Carey Scott

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