MARY KAY GOULD: Christ is our only hope of restoration, reconciliation


Much is being said in the press and on the streets about gun control, using our children as the emotional thread to give breath to a media-hyped, political agenda.

No doubt this is a deeply troubling issue, but let’s not neglect the root problem. We don’t have a gun problem, we have a hate problem.

In much of our culture, self has become god and does as it wills. No longer does God’s commands to love God and love your neighbor seem to matter. Never would I have dreamed of seeing such hatred fill the hearts of God’s creation.

Evil, hatred and self-focused free will that lead to harming others is not a new problem. It has existed since the Fall of Man but, we make it seem new and our response seems to be needed immediately, with fear being the power behind pushing these agendas through.

We can only blame ourselves for allowing it to happen. We have taken the One True God (there are now many gods) out of our schools, out of government, out of homes, out of many of church buildings and out of our hearts.

William Booth, founder of Salvation Army prophesied over 100 years ago, “I consider the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, Salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

We are a nation that has rejected God to do as we wish; that alone has divided our nation and allowed for evil hearts to reign. The more you divide something, the weaker it becomes.

God’s Word said we would turn away from Him and how we would behave. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

His Word still speaks.

If we truly want to find a solution to the many sorrows that plague society, we must be willing to identify the real problem.

Our hearts have grown cold, we have stopped loving God as our authority, we have stopped loving our neighbor as God commands, and we have completely rejected His laws, in pursuit of our own.

God’s command to “Love God” and “Love your neighbor,” was not merely a suggestion. If we can’t obey such simplicity, is it any wonder we find ourselves in a place of such hatred and division?

Christ is our only hope of restoration and reconciliation. To accept this fact requires us to deny self and worldly acquired notions, and to have compassion upon a lost and hurting world by reaching out in love.

Mary Kay Gould



Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or

One comment on “MARY KAY GOULD: Christ is our only hope of restoration, reconciliation

  1. avatargrantruth

    Mary Kay, a woman of heart, a prophet in our midst. I just now finished reading a meditation on Luke 4:24. Jesus says a prophet is not accepted in his home place. In this gospel with an uncomfortable theme, Nazareth rejected Jesus and planned to throw him down over a cliff to his death.
    Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be ignored or opposed. In our world, upside down or gone wrong, when someone comes speaking the truth to us, we will think that they are crazy and dangerous.

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