“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.”
This past week we once again were subjected to a killer who decided to march into a school in Nashville Tennessee and kill people. Three kids and three adults were murdered before good guys with guns could get there and put the killer down. This time there was a significant difference from previous mass school killings. The killer was a woman who identified as a man. Furthermore, the school was a private Christian school. In many ways this is unusual, but I can't help but thinking about what might be common among many of these school shooters. It might be the case that this murderous event reveals something that was present but less obvious in previous school murderers. I believe this is the case.
We can rightly point to mental health as an important part of the equation, but there is something even deeper than this. This something is foundational to how a person understands reality. The fundamental question is this, is reality something we can mold and manipulate or is reality solid, objective, and concrete? The answer is a little more involved than we might like, but it is important to understand.
Reality does not only contain that which is material, but that which is immaterial. Reality is not limited to the material, it also includes the immaterial. In recent years it is not only the immaterial that has been viewed as mutable, but also the material.
We now live in a world where where people are told that we can alter even material reality. Think about this for a moment. The most obvious illustration, as absurd as it is, is the transgender ideology. Extremists liberals, often found in politics, news networks, education, and mental health, tell us that a person who has male DNA and male body parts can simply take some hormones, slice off some parts, and add other parts that don't function in any kind of complete way and they have transcended their physical maleness and become female. Of course that is a fantasy! And anyone who says that gender is not a physical feature must explain why a persons is attempting to change their physical features to become the other gender...quite a quandary isn't it? While it may be the case that some gender expressions are culturally conditioned, others are a function of genetics and physical features, not to mention psychological features.
If it is the case that we are teaching people that they can change physical realities like gender, is it really that hard to figure out why people don't believe in any kind of moral (immaterial) reality?
So when a woman who believes she is a man enters a school and starts shooting kids and adults, what objective morals are we to use in order to condemn such an action. If physical reality itself can be altered, why not moral realities? Yet, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not think that school shootings are objectively bad, even if they wouldn't use those words. Maybe you could find one or two people, but good luck.
It should be pointed out that moral relativism preceded the physical relativism that has begun to grip our culture. It was moral relativism that paved the way for doctors, nurses, and other medical professions to begin chopping off body parts that were properly functioning in spite of the hypocratic oath they took which one might summarize by saying "do no harm." Don't over treat or under treat is another way to summarize certain aspects of the oath...it seems on obvious case of over treatment or simply wrong treatment to pump hormones though a body that is already producing the right kind of hormones for that body or to cut off properly functioning body parts. Bud if morality and physical reality are relative and can be manipulated, then what is "harm" and what is "over treatment"?
I am not suggesting that being transgender leads to shooting up schools. I am suggesting that there is a deeper issue that is at least partly at fault. That deeper issue is a form of relativism that has taken root in our cultural psyche to the point where we now think that almost everything is relative and can be manipulated, material and immaterial. The result isn't just school shootings, but a whole host of practices that are destroying our culture. Mass shootings is just one of them.
John Byrne is a pastor who has been spouting off his opinions his entire life (just ask his mom). This little blog is his venue for continuing in this tradition.