I’m going to speak in theological categories about one Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the NRA who today said, ““They don’t care about our schoolchildren, they want to make all of us less free.” There may be no more depraved person on the political stage at this moment than this so called chief executive. Let me dial us into the word “depraved.”
The great Reformed theologian, John Calvin, talks a lot about depravity in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Good liberals do not like to talk about such a term–it signifies something beyond the reach of reason and self-help, self-led enlightenment. You get an idea of this dilemma watching a series like The Sopranos where a mobster sees a psychotherapist but the therapist cannot penetrate to the problem of Anthony Soprano’s life. He’s not just depressed. He is wicked. And it is that latter term that you won’t find in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. And the terms wicked and depraved are not part of the NRA’s or President’s vocabulary for solving the gun problem. You see, oddly enough, these men share the liberal predicament and assumptions about the trustworthiness of human beings: they believe you can hand out guns like candy to people because people can be trusted with guns and not just guns, but hideous weapons of war. Wrong. And they are wrong because of the depravity of human beings. Here is something Calvin says about that: ”Such is humanity’s depravity, that a person stifles and corrupts [this] knowledge, partly by ignorance, partly by wicked design; and hence does not by means of it either glorify God as one ought, or attain to happiness…” This depravity leads to the misuse and wicked designs of events like Parkland.
Wayne LaPierre is a depraved spokesperson for a depraved organization that speaks in Orwellian lies about freedom and rights. They do so and insult parents, teachers, students and fellow citizens who are sickened by the carnage they have unleashed on our society. We must confront this wicked and depraved organization that is on the par of companies that purchased and profited off of slave ships. We must because what Wayne LaPierre’s depravity blinds him to is, our children deserve to walk into school FREE OF FEAR of being executed. Sensible gun control right now. Ban assault weapons. And by all means stop giving your money to the NRA and stop taking money from the NRA. They have the blood of children on their hands.