With each breaking news report of the most recent shocking disaster in America, we are again jolted and dismayed. From ordinary events such as attending a movie in Aurora, Colo., only to become living targets in a deadly shooting gallery; to schoolchildren and their teachers during a normal school day in the proclaimed “safest place in America,” Newtown, Conn., suddenly attacked and massacred, one by one like, mere numbers to be totaled – anyone could be overwhelmed.
Recently the nation became transfixed when the famed Boston Marathon was senselessly waylaid by two brothers overcome with treachery and hatred for their new country, and bodies and legs trained for fitness were blown away by bombs.
FINALLY, GRUESOME facts gradually emerged about Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors abortuary in Philadelphia, where years of inhumane practices unworthy even of a slaughterhouse continued unabated, purposely overlooked by health inspectors.
These are a few among many. How could such atrocities happen in America, the greatest country ever? Whatever happened to the Greatest Generation?
Certainly these events and devastating losses deserve our heartfelt compassion and deep concern for the victims, their families and friends, and should disquiet our higher nature. Nevertheless, as painful as each event becomes, we really shouldn’t be surprised, nor believe that hopefully we’ve seen the last – or the worst. Escalation likely will become a reality. It’s the normal progression, and that escalation may defy our imagination.
FORTY YEARS ago, some Americans were shocked and appalled that our Supreme Court (in its attempt to fix a supposed problem) legalized abortion on demand, for any or no reason, at any point of development before birth. Most Americans, myself included, paid little attention to this ruling or law. We felt it didn’t concern us, nor affect us in any way. We weren’t involved in abortion and didn’t intend to be, and felt no responsibility for it. Apathy, complacency and acquiescence became the response of the great majority.
For some time America had slipped step by step unchecked toward darkness. Now, with one court ruling, our country had taken a huge step into darkness and a giant step backward from the sanctity of life. For America, it was as the kiss of death, Judas’ deadly betrayal of Jesus.
AFTER 55 MILLION deaths in America – and untold personal and family carnage, as well as societal blight and a now depraved culture – most Americans still have done little or nothing to reverse this holocaust. In 1973, when we as a country said “yes” to implementing intentional death as a “solution,” we invited the spirit of death into our country and our homes – and ordered God out.
When the right to choose death became the law of the land, we gave death the keys to our culture. It could now come and go at will. That right to choose death descended upon and enveloped us like a plague.
We came to realize that intentional death has many vile and malicious accomplices, some almost worse than death – godlessness, hatred, brutality, blasphemy, perversion, depravity and all things profane, to mention just a few. They also now come and go as they choose, wreaking havoc in our daily lives. After all, if barbaric butchering of God-given babies, thought of as a cancer to be rid of, is considered acceptable and appropriate health care, what won’t be acceptable?
Please permit me an analogy:
Suppose a man owns a challenged small family business and he hires a little-known but persuasive specialist who claims the ability to correct the problem. Perhaps this specialist finds favor with the family and soon is treated as a family member, even given his own keys to come and go as he chooses.
AFTER A TIME it is discovered that the “specialist” doesn’t have the family’s best interest at heart – rather, exactly the opposite. In actuality he is dishonest; deceptive; attracts many very undesirable and destructive friends; and brings calamity upon all he touches. He is, in fact, the proverbial kiss of death to the family.
Even with this crushing new awareness, the head of the family fails to admit his error and summon the courage to banish the imposter and his friends and take back his keys. Should he then be surprised one day to find his family, home and business in total chaos and irreparable disaster? He has done nothing to correct his disastrous error, but rather tried to deny it, hoping his problems would just go away. Instead, he discovers his peace, prosperity and future have disappeared.
The good news is that God always is ready to forgive, and His mercy is ever-present. If we truly want the solution, it’s really nothing new, but quite available and fully effective. We muster our courage and honesty; acknowledge our mistake; repent of our ignorance or disobedience to God’s precepts to choose life and His ways; and stand up against the spirit of death – and it will be cast from our land. Then we start living our lives under His protection, grace and blessings, like millions of Americans did for many, many decades. We could yet see an even Greater Generation!
Of course, we aren’t required to do it His way. He gave us free will to choose life or choose death. The next horrific news and untold calamities are waiting – they are just the consequences of our choices and actions.
(The writer is a member of the Alleluia Community in Augusta.)