Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora – Don’t Confuse Symptoms With Problems

December 16, 2012 by
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I have intentionally refrained from commenting on the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, because I wanted to make sure that I don’t interject emotion into an important subject to understand. I’m not concerned with the minute details: when it started, how long it lasted, calibers, clothes, etc. I’m concerned with what makes someone do what he did. Was it personal or societal: is it a problem or a symptom?


So many will likely say “this man was sick,” or he was “obviously crazy,” etc.  It is emotionally soothing – not to mention quick, easy, and painless – to say someone who commits such acts is crazy, loony, nuts, unbalanced, etc.  But it’s not necessarily the case, and in fact often times is not the case. Was he depraved, yes: crazy, not necessarily. This is more an act – imho – of selfishness. Somehow, in his mind, other people hurting more than he himself made him feel better. Now, you probably think that is crazy in and of itself – but are you altogether different? Have you ever been happy to see someone else pulled over for speeding instead of you? Have you ever said; “yeah, TAX THE RICH,” or laughed when you saw an $80,000+ sports car side-swipe a concrete wall; as if that really affects you personally, makes your life better or easier, or puts more money in your pocket?


This plays into what I’ve said over and over and over again: we are losing our grip on civil society not because we “took God out of our schools,” but because we’ve removed him from our lives. Removing prayer from school was a symptom of the problem: focusing more on “stuff” than on God, and therefore not caring where he was excluded – because in truth, He wasn’t that important to us anymore at that time; and apparently still isn’t.


Think I’m wrong? If the courts had dictated that furnaces could no longer be used in schools and the kids would just have to be cold, people would have risen up and DEMANDED that their children be allowed to be warm in school – but did they rise up to defend God?  So do you still want to blame “removing God from schools” as the problem, or acknowledge that it’s a SYMPTOM of our problems as a people and a nation? Let’s look at a court case from nearly 100 years prior to the court decisions we blame.


In 1844 in Philadelphia, a school decided that it would teach its students morality, but not Christianity. The COURT ruled it COULD NOT do so – the Bible and Christianity must be included:

Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament…be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [schools] – its general precepts expounded…and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?” (Vidal v. Girard’ s Executors, 1844)


Me oh my, how far we’ve fallen – from Christianity MUST be taught as a basis of morality, to morality isn’t important, and may not even exist!!


When we don’t have a revered Creator and Judge, or something else bigger than ourselves to focus on, then it’s all about “me, me, me…” How killing 20 four to six year olds, and numerous other adults, could serve as a self-satisfying act is incomprehensible to me personally, but it was for him. This man may prove to have been mentally ill, but these acts don’t in and of themselves “prove” that he was. I also understand that it could turn out that this guy was just plain crazy nuts, but that doesn’t change the analysis. Because it’s applicable to so many: Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech, etc.  If we don’t revere and seek a Creator – both as individuals and as a collective society – then we’re going to continue to see self-gratification in many evil and disgusting forms (violence, sexual behavior and acts made increasingly available to the public as a whole, glorification of vile behavior as “personal choice,” disposal of unwanted babies, men who enjoy making babies and abandoning them to single mothers, mothers who willingly live on welfare without regard to where that money comes from, and on and on and on…).


We removed God and keep him excluded from our lives, schools, and society simply because we don’t revere Him, and don’t feel we need him.  We can say otherwise, but our actions speak MUCH louder than our words.  Look how many people turn out to rally for legalizing pot; but how many turn out to demand that Christian morality be taught to our youth?  Don’t hide behind “the courts have said…” either, because we can conclusively prove that the courts have on numerous occasions demanded that Christ’s teachings be taught.  So am I saying that this is the answer? God knows it wouldn’t hurt anything, but no, it is not the answer, because it’s merely a symptom of the problem – but my point is simple: we won’t do it.  Sure, we’ll turn out by the millions for a “national day of prayer,” and we’ll criticize the President for not joining in; and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But if we truly revered and loved Christ Jesus as individuals and a collective society, His morality would be being taught in our schools already and still, as a reflection of us as a people – just like He was in 1844.


Making prayer and Christ’s principles a part of school is a good idea, but it’s phony and hypocritical if we demand it of our Children and don’t live it ourselves.  Morality will once again be taught in schools when it is a bedrock principle of our foundation as individuals and a society, as that will be the symptom of the lives we lead when we live our lives for Christ.  Because just as the absence of moral teaching in schools today is a symptom of the current state of us as individuals and a society, likewise the teaching of Christ’s morals in our schools once again would be a symptom of us as individuals and a society if we truly lived our lives for Him.


“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington’s Farewell Address


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