Prayer, Adam Lanza, And The Old Deluder Act

Lords Prayer SC Prayer, Adam Lanza, And The Old Deluder Act

I wonder if Adam Lanza ever prayed?

Was this disturbed young man so obsessed with guns and violence that he couldn’t see anything else? Was he so self-isolating that he became unreachable? Did he know anything about the peace and mercy that can only be found in Jesus Christ? Or was Adam Lanza one of many children who are raised in a day that offers little true exposure to the Gospel of Christ?

We were once a Godly nation!

It’s time we stop and take a look at where we are, where we’re headed, and where we’ve been, especially for the sake of our children, who have to grow up in a country and a world where God is no longer welcome.

“It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures……It is therefore ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to fifty households shall forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read….And it is further ordered, that when any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school” – The Old Deluder Act (1647)

“The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” (1782)

“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, (John 17:3); and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2:3).” – Harvard University Student Handbook, Rule No.1

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.” – New York Regents Prayer (1951)

“We think that by using its public school system to encourage recitation of the Regents’ Prayer, the State of New York has adopted a practice wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause (First Amendment)” – the first of many rulings deeming (voluntary) group prayer in public schools unconstitutional. (1962)

Did Lanza ever have any knowledge or impression of God, or had Satan already taken hold of his soul?

“The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed. Lanza’s worshiping page had the word ‘Devil’ written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L. Todd told The National Enquirer, something which he said was ‘weird’ and ‘gave him the chills’.” – The Daily Mail

Now I realize there are other issues at play here, including disability, divorce, parenting, and community support; however……

Evil is alive and well in the world today. How many more tragedies do we need to endure before we finally open our eyes and see the world we’ve made, the world we’ve embraced, for ourselves and for our children?

Early reports seemed to indicate all the factors involved in the Columbine shooting: self-isolation, psychotropic detox, violent video games, Satan worship, possibly poor parenting, community rejection, etc., that led Adam to snap. I wonder if he had ever heard the Gospel? The Gospel can get you through all types of physical and mental torment. And atheists want to outlaw it!

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