The Sutherland Springs shooting: Evil Invades the Mind of Man This criminal act came 7 years to the day after the deadly Ft. Hood shootings.

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By Sid Frasier

On a Sunday dedicated to All Saints and Souls that have passed from this earthly life, we see yet another mass murder.

Initially the title of this article was to proclaim the good news that we set our clocks back, awoke with the anticipation of going to church and then taking our granddaughter to see the movie “Let There Be Light.”

After we arrived home, the Sutherland Springs Church shooting was the focus of the news. This little farm community was devastated by the actions of what can only be classified as a mad man.

I personally know the area well and all the surrounding towns… these are good people that support each other as a family.

This criminal act came 7 years to the day after the deadly Ft. Hood shootings that the then President would not acknowledge as an act of Islamic terrorism.

Law enforcement officials investigate a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The minds of these people are so polluted that they plot to murder innocent people is beyond comprehension for rational people. The tools of murder whether they are guns, knives, bombs, fires, toxic gas or vehicles are used by sick minds that do not value the law or human life… including their own.

The political response seems to always turn to more and more government control as opposed to getting people back to self control that allows them to focus on positive core values and recognizing that dangers surround us constantly.

We appear to be helpless to stop the demented logic behind an evil killer’s irrational mind.

So perhaps we should turn to the message that is the foundation of the believers in God that were victims in this house of worship. Reflecting on the prayers of all saints, fellow church goers heard a message of life beyond this world. We learned that there is no truly safe place; we need and depend on others. As humans, we do not have the capacity to understand all the wonders that await us even in the wake of a tragedy.

Law enforcement officers man a barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

While we try to teach our granddaughter the power of prayer… it is difficult for a child that grows up seeing violence and conflict everywhere to comprehend the teachings of the word of God.

Our granddaughter lost her dad to cancer when she was 3 years old but clings to the belief she will see him again. She is saddened to hear her classmates make fun of her and say she has no dad. We pray she knows her dad and her Heavenly Father are always there.

The movie “Let There Be Light” was an excellent teaching tool for both of us.

In the story, a devout atheist makes a transformation after a near death experience. As an atheist the main character has attained success after writing a book on the topic, but finds his life empty and isolated. After his gradual transformation he learns the power, strength, sharing, happiness and true understanding that faith provides him even at the saddest times of life.

She watched intently as her little mind absorbed the message. She laughed, she cried and she witnessed the good and evil perhaps from a perspective most people would not.

So as politicians seek to profess empathy with the victims, I would hope they realize that solution isn’t more government oppression and control; but rather a message of hope, unity, and affirmation of the fundamental principles of Judaeo-Christian values and teachings.

If there is a lesson to be learned from the events of the day, it is that life on earth is a gift from God and the powers of evil invade the mind of man to remind each of us that we are not immune to suffering, loss and devastation that is out of our control. We can analyze motivations, associations, methods, and premeditation for years without realizing that individuals possessed by an evil intent walk among us and seek to carryout various degrees of chaos and destruction.

Sid Frasier is a political writer.

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