I was listening to the news and was reminded it has been a week since the shooting at the church in Texas. I once heard a preacher say that we were not built to go through the suffering of a death of a loved one. God never meant for us to lose a loved one.
I have a little experience on the subject. I lost my mother when I was five. The worst part about that were all the people telling me how sorry they were. It made me feel far worse.
I had four older brothers. Two died in their early 40’s from brain cancer. One died at 38 from an aneurism. I’m pushing 70 now. (14 Nov) It’s the same age that my father was when he died. I don’t expect I’ll live much longer. The truth is that I didn’t figure I would live this long. It’s been over a decade since I had four bypasses.
Over the years, I have seen good people die young. On the other hand, some who were less pleasant go on to push the century mark. I went through school with a kid who died a short time after I went into the Marines. He was intelligent, friendly and very good in sports. For some reason, he decided he needed to take drugs. One day he took too many.
People all the time ask how God can let people starve to death by the millions. I have wondered how He can let the likes of Hitler and Stalin kill people by the millions. Then there was that character over in China… don’t even remember his name at the moment. The truth is that I would like to forget all their names.
There is one thing I do know. God knows the instant that anyone dies. The Bible says so and I believe it. Moreover, no one dies unless God permits it. Indeed, sometimes He causes it. He doesn’t have to explain it to me. It’s his call. In his perfect wisdom, He makes the decision in every case.
There are a few things I have observed, however, over the years. There are frequently people who try to take advantage of death. Certainly, the news media, all of it, use it for headlines. Sometimes I think we would be better off if there were no reports of it. Many of the killers seek fame and recognition.
Most important, I have noticed that with every incident, everyone tries to figure the reason, the cause of it. They hope that, if they can figure it out, they might be able to stop it. No one will listen to me, I’m sure, but I know the reason. Half the nation tries to say it’s the guns. I also heard a report that those who rent trucks have to be more careful. The fact is, if a person wants to kill, he will kill. Therefore the secret is to remove the desire to kill.
There are, at least two reasons. The biggest reason is the lack of respect. When we were younger, people were taught to respect each other. We were taught in home, in school and in church. In deed Jesus tells us to love our neighbor. He tells us to treat the other as we want to be treated.
Tragically, respect is no longer stressed in our schools or our homes. Even the teachers aren’t respected. We are taught that people are no better than animals. We are taught that we came from apes. We are taught that babies are no more than blobs until they are born. In some cases, babies are killed after they are born because of botched abortions. If this is so, why not kill people. We are all just animals. We have no more right to live than monkeys.
The fact is that people don’t kill people they respect. People don’t shoot into crowds when they know that humans are a special creation of God made in His image. People don’t kill when they know that one day they will be held accountable for what they do.
The second reason is sort of based on the first. We import people who have no respect for Americans and the American way. I simply don’t understand this. Why do we want to import people who want to destroy all that our forefathers fought for?
For that matter, I have a more difficult time understanding the idea of importing killers than the killing. It is simply an invitation to horror.
…but then why should anyone care what I have to say on the subject. There are more important things, like political correctness. However, if you do believe the solution is respect, if you think, just maybe that love for one another will help, you might start thinking about spreading the word. Just how much would it hurt to start teaching simple respect?