Enough is Enough

Following the shooting in Colorado Springs at the Planned Parenthood clinic during Thanksgiving week, our president addressed this tragedy and ended his remarks with these words.

This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. Enough is enough.

Sadly, the president took to the airwaves again last night to speak to yet another senseless slaughter of our fellow citizens in San Bernardino.

As I have thought and prayed for him, our nation, and the church, his words above have stuck with me. We need to cry out and plead in prayer like the prophets of old. “Enough is enough.”

Enough is enough of believing no correlation exists between the violence of the shooter at the Planned Parenthood clinic and the violence within. The poor victims killed by the shooter were innocent and should not have had their blood shed and lives ended so suddenly and tragically. So what about the unborn being taken into the clinic to be aborted? As Hosea said, “They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

Enough is enough of trying to understand the mental state of the shooter – and blaming the tool he used in the violence – rather than acknowledging that it was his evil heart that brought the evil forth. “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Enough is enough of a legal system that will allow such a man, whose actions were clearly witnessed by many, to live for years and even decades without facing the true punishment he has earned for his murders. The Lord “looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress” (Isaiah 5:7).

Enough is enough of our leaders and the media defending the false religion whose founder used violence like that seen from 9/11 to San Bernardino to establish his movement while ridiculing the true religion of the Prince of Peace. “You shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth'” (Jeremiah 7:28).

Enough is enough of our country seeing the hostility of the nations of the earth mounting against it and not recognizing the hand of the Lord is bringing curses for disobedience upon us. “I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations which have not obeyed” (Micah 5:15).

Enough is enough of our leaders and politicians seeking to convince us that our financial strength and military can deliver us from our enemies. “You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed” (Hosea 10:13-14).

Enough is enough of praying for a moment when we hear of such threats and tragedies, then turning right back to our idols and pleasures. “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all?” (Ezekiel 14:3).

Enough is enough of God’s people thinking we already have the wisdom, rather than needing to seek it, to understand the complexity of immigration in loving strangers and protecting our land at this unique time in history. “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding” (Daniel 2:21).

Enough is enough of the church, called to be salt and light at such times as these, welcoming the wickedness of this generation into its midst rather than standing in holiness against it. “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel, when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house” (Ezekiel 44:6-7).

And enough is enough of believing there is any other Deliverer for the nations than Jesus. “I, even I, am the Lord, and there is no Savior besides Me” (Isaiah 43:11).


  1. Steve December 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I think that this is a great article that shows how much our country and it’s citizens have rejected God. I do have one point of questioning though. In your paragraph about Planned Parenthood, you declare that those who were killed were innocent and should not have had their lives end the way they did. I am wondering how this statement fits with the rest of your article and beliefs in a sovereign God? I am not questioning whether it was good that these people were killed in this fashion, but rather in what way they were innocent and how can we deem how their lives should have ended. If we believe that God is sovereign over everything, does He not control the lives and deaths of individual people?

    • Barry York December 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm #


      Good question. My use of innocent in this context was simply in contrast to the killer, in the sense that they had committed no crime warranting the taking of their lives. So they were legally innocent as citizens. None of them were to have justly had their lives taken that day by man.

      As you indicate, none of us are innocent before God (Romans 3:10-12). Thus, He may justly take our lives at any time. Perhaps some of the people shot were participating in the abortion industry. In contrast, at least one man killed, Officer Garrett Swasey, was an evangelical Christian who gave his life protecting others. For each one who died, God did ordain that was to be their last day on this planet. Those who died in their sins will suffer everlasting punishment; Officer Swasey died in Christ to God’s glory and will receive his everlasting reward.

      A sober reminder that we should always be ready to meet the Judge of the living and the dead.

      • Steve December 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm #


  2. julie December 8, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Good thoughts. Isaiah also has much to say about all of these same things especially in the first five chapters.

    One enough I’d like to add is to stop calling murderers “shooters.” I understand why police do this in the midst of an active situation. But once it is over and the offender is in custody or dead, then why dont we call them murderers? Or mass murderers? At this point they are not shooters, but murderers – they have the blood of fellow human beings on their hands. A shooter almost sounds like they have no moral culpability, they were just shooting and people happened to get in the way.

    • gentlereformation December 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      Good thought. I did state that he murdered. Perhaps it classifies how he did it?

  3. Drew Gordon December 8, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Pastor York, thank you for helping us to put our focus in the right place.

    • gentlereformation December 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      You’re welcome!


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    […] Enough is Enough | Gentle Reformation “Enough is enough of believing no correlation exists between the violence of the shooter at the Planned Parenthood clinic and the violence within. The poor victims killed by the shooter were innocent and should not have had their blood shed and lives ended so suddenly and tragically. So what about the unborn being taken into the clinic to be aborted? As Hosea said, ”They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).” […]

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