To the Editor:
Last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a shooting killed 20 young children and 7 adults, including the suicide of the shooter.
On Sunday, there was a memorial gathering with an interfaith prayer service and remarks by local politicians and even President Barack Obama.
There were prayers by many clergy invoking the names of God, Jesus and such words for the Creator. Even the president quoted Jesus as saying, “Let the little children come unto Me ...” He spoke of how we are to shield our children from harm, and that we are not doing enough to keep children safe.
I have a granddaughter who a few weeks ago was wearing a T-shirt with the phrase, “Would you feel differently if they used a gun,” written on the front. Well, it seems that the little Connecticut town does feel differently when a gun is used on children.
This is a great tragedy. Parents never really get over the death of a child. But every day in America, 2,500 to 3,000 babies are killed while they are being woven in the safety of the mother’s womb by our Creator (Psalm 139). Abortion kills these little ones.
The Ten Commandments have been ordered off the walls, and God is no longer honored in the schoolhouses and courtrooms. Then some ask where God is in all these shootings. Most of the clergy who spoke at the service referred to Scripture, but that too has been banned from the schoolroom. The First Commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” The Fifth Commandment is, “Honor your father and mother,” and the Sixth, “You shall not murder.” The remaining seven speak of truth, good behavior and how to live. What would be so bad about reminding students of that fact?
The president spoke of the face of unconscionable evil, but yet we are living in a time when we are told we cannot judge, there is no absolute truth, and all things are relative. May we realize that evil is not a disease but is sin. The Bible says all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
How can we even ask God to bless our country if we cannot speak the truth about these issues? Think about it.
Dr. Stanley D. Brandon