NFL TE Watson: Florida Shooting Shows We Need God Back in 'Public Sphere'
Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, said in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting that we must take "an honest assessment of our culture in its totality."
Watson said on "The Story" that when faith is removed from the public arena, people will suffer.
He said unequivocally that suspect Nikolas Cruz must be held accountable for the incident.
Watson used Cruz' troubled past as an example, noting his beginnings as an orphan and troubled family life.
"How can I share the love and hope of Christ with [people like] him?" he said. "When we start to remove God from the public sphere, we start to suffer the consequences."
Watson said that God is not a "cosmic vending machine" where people should go in reaction to a crisis. Instead, he said people must have a consistent relationship with God.
"If he is worthy of our desperate cries in distress is he not worthy for us to seek Him and submit our lives to Him daily?" Watson said on Facebook.
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