Saturday, February 25, 2012
Our Just Desserts
As I read a horrific story of a baby being killed in a drive-by shooting that stemmed from a seating disagreement at a baby shower the day before, I was taken aback by a statement so appalling that I had to read it twice to be certain that it said what I thought it said. The statement (made by the grandmother of the slain baby) was "Life is not valued in Detroit. It is a war zone here. We need some ground troops patrolling these streets; they send them all oversees, but they need to be here."
Wow! An (presumably) American citizen uttered those words. "We need some ground troops patrolling these streets". Am I completely missing the logic here, or did she just say that by having ground troops patrolling the streets, Detroit would look less like a war zone? I am speechless.
So, this is what we have been reduced to. A country whose citizens are so lacking in basic self-control and moral fortitude that we require an armed military presence just to keep us from killing ourselves and each other. My very soul is grieved.
We have lost our way. We have turned our back on all that is good and embraced evil in all its forms. We no longer value self-control or encourage basic biblical principles such as turning the other cheek and putting other people before ourselves. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding are openly ridiculed and regarded as weaknesses. We don't encourage our children to overlook offenses. Actually, our value system is quite the opposite. When our children do poorly in school, we blame the teachers. When they have been treated unfairly (or what they or we perceive as unfair) we tell them they don't have to treated like that and go to the wall to ensure that their precious feelings are never stomped on. If someone hits them, we tell them to hit him back and to do it in such a way that they never mess with them again. Our culture prides itself in never being pushed around or walked over. We are Americans and Americans don't take guff from anyone. We are aggressive, presumptuous and entirely self-absorbed. And yet, we cringe and gape when someone kills a 9 month old baby because they didn't get the seat they wanted at a baby shower.
We are reaping the consequences of the abandonment of our Godly heritage. Rather than aspiring to a higher moral standard we are indulging ourselves in selfish and vain pursuits. Rather than disciplining ourselves and living together as brothers we have become like a pack of rabid dogs.
To think that this once-proud nation has been brought to its knees by its own wickedness is heartbreaking. Never would I have thought that our own people would be begging for armed men to walk through our streets to keep our undisciplined selves in line.
I am crying from the rooftops - I am standing at the city gates. Turn from your evil ways. Teach your children. Don't demand justice, demand righteousness. Don't let a military presence in our streets be our just desserts.