WIND; REAP THE WHIRLWIND
(A fresh look at the potential causes of the Va. Tech
by Dr. Fillmer Hevener, Pastor
When farmers sow seeds, they
expect an increase, and they often get an increase of
10, 100, 1000 percent or more. When society sows seeds.
it can also expect an increase. Society is constantly
sowing seeds of good or seeds of evil.
In the days of the Prophet Hosea (about 750 B.C.), the
Israelites had been sowing seeds of evil and had chosen
to separate themselves from God. As a nation, they
molded gods of gold and silver, were thieves, were
liars, and frequently practiced fraud. They were
regularly sowing seeds of sin and evil.
Through the prophet Hosea, God told the Israelites that
those who sow evil, will reap evil, and those who sow
the wind, will reap the whirlwind (Hosea 7, 8, and 10.)
Unless they repent, God promises that He will destroy
them, their treasures, and their false gods. They will
die by the sword, their children will be torn to pieces,
and their pregnant women will be ripped open (Hosea 13.)
What unspeakable violence is promised to those who
follow sin and evil, who depart from the teachings and
ways of their Creator.
On April 16, 2007, in Blacksburg, Virginia, a gunman
massacred thirty-two people and then killed himself.
News reports tell us that this was the worst such
massacre in the history of the United States. Although
the answer as to "why" is obviously complex, there are
certain influences that
surely had their impact on the violent gunman.
Over the last several generations, moral values in our
country have been under attack by those who would
undermine the values outlined: in Genesis one and two,
in the Decalogue, and in the Sermon on the Mount. The
result is the same, whether or not these forces have
intentionally staged an
attack upon moral values - sowing the wind, is reaping
Allow me to point out three practices in our society
that, surely, played their significant part in leading
to this terrible tragedy on the campus of Va. Tech.
The first societal force devaluing human life, is the
theory of evolution. Since Darwin came out with his
theory, there has been societal and "intellectual"
movement toward that theory and away from Genesis,
Chapters one and two, in which is found the inspsired
account of creation by our
Although there is no demonstrable evidence for
macro-evolution, so-called scientists have given the
fairy tale of evolution, stature by calling it "factual"
and "scientific." It is nothing more than rampant
imagination gone awry. For example, in the book Darwin
In the Genome, by Lynn Caporale, Ph.D., Dr. Caporale
states on page one: "There was a moment in time when the
dust itself edged, in slow motion, over a boundary into
life." What nonsense! Is this science? Objective readers
that a prominent graduate of the University of
California and a researcher at Sloan/Kettering Cancer
Center would be so bold as to attempt, in the name of
science, to propagate such clap-trap!
Such nonsense has reduced the value of life by putting
in the place of a Creator, chance. If you and I are the
result of chance rather than an intelligent Creator, why
should we value life highly? According to many
materialists, humans, like mice and apes, are nothing
more than the products of chance, so why place great
value on their life. These people would argue, if a
fetus is annoying to one's lifestyle, why not eradicate
that fetus just as we eradicate annoying mice?
No, friend, we are here because an infinite Creator put
us here with purpose and design. Therefore, we are
responsible to that Creator, and some day we will be
called before Him to give an account of our time, our
actions, and our service to Him and His children.
Friend, your heart is beating and pumping blood
throughout your body. LIFE, YOUR LIFE, IS A MIRACLE FROM
GOD; THEREFORE, YOU AND IT ARE OF SUPREME VALUE!
A second societal force that had tended to devalue life
is the practice of abortion. The sixth of the Ten
Commandments states that one should not murder.
Unfortunately, many today look at the Ten Commandments
as archaic and outdated, having little relationship to
our modern society of today. This assumption is patently
false. These ten laws are universal and are as
up-to-date as the calendar hanging on your wall.
A brief, limited definition of "murder" is: "the killing
of another innocent human being." Books have been
written on the act of killing, but for our purposes,
here, this limited definition will serve well as a
focused, working definition.
According to estimates by the Guttmacher Institute and
the National Right to Life Committee, in 2005, abortions
in the U.S. passed the 47,000,000 mark. Since 1975, our
country has witnessed more than one million abortions
each year. Friend, do you know that the 47,000,000
larger than the population of some countries? How much
brain-power, intelligence, creativity, and productivity
have we lost because of this barbaric practice of
abortion? Someone has said that the moral tenor of a
country can be gauged by how that country takes care of
those who cannot
care for and speak for themselves, especially the
unborn, the mentally handicapped, and the poor and
infirm elderly. Our country needs to put in context the
enormous sin that it is committing by practicing mass
What does this practice do to our perception of the
value of life? Clearly, when we abort living fetuses, we
are saying that the value of this human's life is of
little or no value and can, therefore, be
destroyed with impunity. However, there will be a final
day of judgment before the One Who created those
fetuses. At that time, all who take the lives of the
innocent will be required to give account. Yes, abortion
devalues our perception of the Divine and miraculous
reality of human life!
A third practice of our society that tends to devalue
life is the overwhelming abundance of violence in our
Media is readily available in our home as well as in our
communities. In 1950, only 10% of American homes had a
television; today, 99% of homes have a television. In
fact, researchers find that more homes have a television
than have a phone.
According to "Facts about television and Effects on the
American Family," children spend more time learning
about life through the media than in any other manner.
The average child spends approximately 28 hours per week
watching television. Before the age of eighteen, the
average child will witness over 200,000 acts of violence
on television, including 16,000 murders. The same source
reports that longitudinal studies tracking viewing
habits of single individuals, found that eight-year-old
boys who viewed the most violent programs while growing
up, were the most likely to engage in aggressive
behavior by age 18 and serious criminal behavior by age
The Parents' Music Resource Center reports that American
teen listen to 10,500 hours of rock usic between the
7th and 12th grades, just a bit less than the hours that
they spend in school over the twelve year period.
Seventy-five percent of the top forty songs contain
profanity and lyrics
dealing with drugs, sex, and violence.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over
1000 studies confirm that viewing media violence can
lead to aggressive behavior in children. Media violence
often fails to show the consequences of carrying out
Yes, solid evidence indicates that media sources are
playing a marked role in devaluing the life of humans in
our society. To a large extent, we in America have
become victims of our own electronic inventions and the
warped values that these inventions convey to us and our
Remember Hosea's warning to Israel: "They sow the wind,
and reap the whirlwind."
At Va. Tech., we have experienced the whirlwind, which
found its origin in such societal "winds" as: (1) the
doctrine of evolution and its materialism, (2) the
legalizing and practicing of killing human fetuses, and
(3) the glorifying of violence in much of our mass
May all thinking Americans seriously consider the
following admonition found in Deuteronomy 30:19: ".I
have set before you life and death, blessings and
cursing; therefore, choose LIFE that both you and
your seed (children) may LIVE. ( Bold print
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