‘He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.‘
– Leviticus 16:21-22
This is where we get the term ‘scapegoat’ from, which dictionary dot com defines as, ‘a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place‘.
Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? It’s frustrating, right? It’s not fair. Not only do you feel undeserving of the blame, but the person dishing it out is also missing out on the opportunity to learn and grow… IF… they would only choose to take responsibility for their own wrong thoughts or misdeeds, instead of engaging in a game of ‘hot potato blame’.
When bad things happen… people with good intentions want to ‘make things right’ by trying to prevent these things from happening again in the future. This is a wonderful and commendable trait to have… IF… it is employed correctly.
Sin is a very deep and complicated topic that NO man can or ever will fully understand while in this present life. God designed it this way so that we would not be overly enticed to try and ‘lick it’ (anymore than some of us currently are trying or have already tried to do). SIN CAN NOT BE PERMANENTLY BEATEN BY A MERE MORTAL ON HIS OWN MERIT. In fact… it goes so deep… I’ve heard from a reputable source that anyone who willingly travels that path and is taken from this life while on that path… ends up in a place called HELL. Scary, I know.
So… back to the scapegoat thing and the title of this blog. Here’s the million-dollar question of the day: Is it possible that guns are the modern day version of the Old Testament goat? Is it possible that the depravity of man that has been growing ever increasingly more wicked due to the ‘politically correct – doing what feels good – I’m the boss of my own life – nevermind what the Creator of the universe says is good and right’ way of choosing to live life has gotten us into this mess? Is it possible that the blame could rest on a warped and desensitized reality caused in part by violent movie watching and videogame playing, psychotropic drug popping, God rejecting choices people have willingly allowed to take over their minds and wills?
Do we really need to start creating all sorts of regulations and bans of guns and their counterparts (simply tools of which the misuse of.. is a sympton of a much larger problem)… only to eventually discover that it will end up as a failed social experimental attempt at ‘trying to stop sin’? My friends… listen… SIN CANNOT BE STOPPED. Just as sending a goat with all of the sins of the Israelites ceremonially attached to it will not stop them from sinning… taking away people’s guns will not stop bad men from obtaining guns (illegally) or other weapons of mass destruction (explosives, vehicles, airplanes, etc..) from killing others. It (sin), however, can be ruled over…
‘For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law (which is impossible to follow to a T), but under (God’s) grace (which creates a desire in you to do good).‘
-Romans 6:14 (emphasis added)
So, instead of trying to lay our hands of blame on an inanimate object and sending it away to ‘no man’s land’… whereby, hoping to ‘abolish evil’… how about, instead, we lay our hands on the book that contains the TRUE WAY to battle this evil. The book that has outsold all other books that have ever been written. The one book that has never failed in its teachings (as long as they are followed correctly). The book often referred to as the instruction manual to life… THE BIBLE.
Instead of trying to battle evil by forcing law-abiding citizens to put down their guns… how about we encourage lost and confused people to pick up a Bible? And yes… there is a great possibility it would cause them to break and kill… to break down the barriers that cause hate… and kill any lies that cause us to believe we are not loved with an all-encompassing love from a God who created us to be with Him for eternity.
I love you. GOD loves you. Now go love others.
God bless you guys.