There is plenty of blame to go around but there have been eleven (11) school shootings in the first three weeks of January 2018. My soul cries. I don’t want to blame the NRA anymore, I don’t want to talk about people who hold on to their guns and bibles, I am not going to attack or try to redefine the second amendment, I simply want to cry out and say that our country has lost its spiritual and ethical moorings and no longer should we use the word society to define us. We have become a rabble. Our leaders fight, anger is the normal intercourse in Washington, and religious institutions are thought of as relics of the past.
We have removed any normative way of agreeing on a set of ethical principles. “Thou shalt not kill,” Martin Luther interpreted that commandment in a positive tone when he wrote, “We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.” It goes beyond hurting or harming; it means in a positive sense that we want to help our neighbor. Jesus said of the commandment about murder, “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” I’d say that amplified things.
Where do we teach children the spiritual value of human beings?
Almost everything we see devalues life. We face the horror of murder almost every day in the news, atheist want to rid our nation of any religious conversation that teaches that murder is wrong, some teach that babies can be terminated near the moment of birth, video games and movies portray that life is cheap and expendable, and law enforcement is often humiliated because of the actions of a few.
My friend says we are living in a Post-Christian Era. Our churches are emptying and family ties are continuing to weaken. So there is a reason to cry from my standpoint. Eleven shootings in schools in the first three weeks of January. Shame on us.
One of many Founders of the United States, John Adams, wrote, “We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” I cry out for our nation to regain it’s roots of faith and love for one another.