“Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation…We cannot tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change”
As I think about what to write this morning and how to write it, I keep thinking of the names and faces of the precious little children and courageous teachers and administrators who lost their lives at The Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday morning. Prior to my writing any further, I would like to honor them and their families by posting their names here.
I would ask you to stop as you read this and offer a prayer in their name so that their loved ones can find peace.
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Rachel D’Avino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Daniel Barden, 7
Josephine Gay, 7
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
James Mattioli, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Does anybody doubt that our nation has failed these little children and courageous adults just as our nation failed those who lost their lives in the senseless massacres that unfolded at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, Oak Creek, WI, and elsewhere? Some may think there is nothing that can be done to stop madmen hell bent on destruction. Others may try to make political hay from the most recent tragedy.
I repeat my point from the other day that I see no reason for the public to have access to semi-automatic weapons. I respect the impassioned and often well informed pleas of many who have written indicating that outlawing guns is not the answer or part of the answer to stopping these senseless tragedies. My response. I believe outlawing semi-automatic weapons may help. BUT and this is a BIG BUT. Outlawing these weapons is a tactic. What does our nation really need?
Our nation needs a strategy. What should our strategy be?
I firmly believe it is staring us right in the face and was on display last evening at the interfaith service in Newtown. The strategy is the implementation of faith principles in the daily life of this nation. Why do we call on faith to help us through a tragedy after the fact but we deny the principles and public practice of faith in our society at so many other times?
I could write at length about the effects of disallowing the principles of faith to occupy a prominent position in our society. I will abbreviate those remarks by merely highlighting the knock on effects of the breakdown of the nuclear family. For those interested in the exceptionally high correlations between single parent families and poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, maternal and child health, incarceration, crime, teen pregnancy and sexual activity, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, childhood obesity, and high school dropouts I strongly encourage you to bookmark this page for the National Fatherhood Initiative.
What are we to do about attacking these issues? Yes, we need to attack and fight back. Really? Yes, really. The presence of evil and immorality in our society can only be beaten by fighting back with an even greater force promoting peace, love, and hope. (I can already hear some in the audience say “stop right there.” For those who would tell me to stop or would deny my strategy, before you leave this post, I encourage you to scroll back up and take a look at the names and ages of the lives lost in Newtown.)
Are we to embrace peace, love, and hope at interfaith services such as that held last evening in Newtown but then leave those virtues at the door upon leaving the service? To do so merely invites if not guarantees the reality that another town and more families will suffer the same tragic fate as those in Newtown.
So, Mr. President and those who will read this, will you accept that we need a strategy and not mere tactics?
A strategy of faith compels us to accept and embrace the following rules of the road. Not to do so puts the blood of these little ones on our hands knowing full well that we would not have done everything possible to promote the strategy that will give us the best chance that a situation like Newtown never occurs again.
These rules may not be easily implemented in a society that has utilized so called freedoms to allow the devil’s workshop to grow by leaps and bounds. I firmly believe the rewards of living by the commandments laid out below are truly immeasurable. What are the rules and how many are there? Many may remember the ten rules that are simply stated and encompass the following:
1. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the one true God; We shall have no other God before Him
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord our God in vain
3. Keep the Lord’s Day holy
4. Honor your father and mother
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods
There you go. Juxtapose these Ten Commandments against the elevated cesspool that is the American society currently and ask yourself, “how are we doing?” Have we allowed a bevy of products and practices that make a mockery of these rules of the road to set up shop in our nation? Are you kidding me? Of course we have.
Will you sit idly by and allow the cesspool to rise even higher and smother those people and practices that advance our social welfare and not overwhelm it for selfish purposes?
Let your conscience be your guide.
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