Learn from history

Recently the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center released a report in the FBI bulletin.

It reported a 300 percent increase in “mass shootings” from 2000 to 2012 and predicted an increase.

As I read that, I thought of the bloodshed in various other ways has also increased over the years.

Our past century has been bloodier than all the other centuries combined in recorded human history.

Even in our own community, we have seen increases in shootings and other serious crimes.

Can we learn from history? There is a quote, “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.” I recall a time in history where two nations faced turmoil from within. Both saw blood, but the outcomes were dramatically different.

First, the bloody French Revolution starting in 1794 was a time of horrifying chaos. There was a reign of terror followed by some 1,400 people losing their heads.

Christianity was replaced with a deistic religion and revolutionaries renamed churches “Temples of Reason.” They did what they thought best by man’s reasoning and left God out.

At about the same time in history, England faced similar chaos.

However, the bloodshed was dramatically different. The blood that was shed was that of Jesus Christ.

The blood of Christ changed the nation. Many historians believe that through the preaching of the Bible by people like John and Charles Wesley and others the bloodshed of the French Revolution was averted in England.

Today we need to learn from history, and quickly.

Now, before the Christians say “Amen” I remind you of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which includes, “If my peoplewill turn from their wicked ways I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” I also remind you of 1 Peter 4:17 that judgment begins with God’s people. It all begins with Christians.

I fear we are replicating France in many ways and the blood is already flowing. We need the answer England found. I believe it is our ONLY hope and the time is late.

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, “If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind.”

Rev. John Otto

Faith Alliance Church


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