Let’s begin with a reminder. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
If politicians and anti-gunners will accept this, we can move on to address the core issue: why certain people intentionally harm others. We should agree that guns or knives or clubs are merely tools in the hands of people with moral deficiencies.
Sure, mental problems can be relevant; but a person’s shortage of moral substance makes harm feasible. More laws to curb access to weapons will not stop the violence. Only changing the moral climate in America will.
Over the past half-century, liberal/progressives, feminists, media, the American Civil Liberties Union and fellow travelers have degraded the nation’s morality. One by one, they have succeeded in eliminating practices that remind us of our moral obligations: opening a school day or public meeting with a prayer; removing religious symbols from public places; denigrating organizations that subscribe to moral standards.
The courts have been complicit.
As a result, America has a large part of the population who have no respect for others; whose personal comfort is objective number one; and who will hurt anyone who stands in the way of their satisfaction.
Changing this culture won’t happen quickly. The present nihilist mindset has been instilled over two generations; and will likely take another two to rectify. But such change must occur; otherwise, America will take a place among such countries as Nazi Germany or Zimbabwe.
I have a message for our church pastors. You are looked to as moral leaders. You cannot be just reciters of Scripture. When appropriate, take time during a sermon to weigh a current event – good or bad – against moral standards. That’s the kind of teaching you can do most effectively.
You can also reach beyond your congregations by speaking publicly. One good way is to offer a prayer at local government meetings. Because of legal advice that prayer should not be an official part of meetings, public comment is the venue for now. The Rev. Todd Bertani has become a regular at Fairfield City Council meetings.
Who’s next? Contact the top elected official – mayor, chairman – and volunteer. Lead!
America’s future depends on citizens controlling government. Remember the old challenge: If not us, who? If not now, when?