Public expressions of anguish over the Newtown, Connecticut, murder of twenty little children are telling in what they include, but more in what they omit. Take Ravi Zacharias, for instance: when he diagnoses the problem and its causes, there's no mention of how the slaughter of a million and a half babies a year contributed to this crime. Does the man think about or shed tears for these little ones whose murders dwarf Newtown every single day! It's hard to imagine how any man could cry over wanted children who are murdered without shedding even more tears over unwanted children who are murdered. Which has more pathos?
At times like this, we come to see how culturally aware and what sort of Christian discernment our leaders actually have--not how much they market themselves as having. Note that Mr. Zacharias features divisive political rhetoric as a principal culprit...
Yes, we can discuss all the symptomatic issues—security, gun control, early detection signs, and so on. These are all worthy of discussion. But it’s always easier to deal with the symptoms rather than with the cause.
I wish to share what I think we must address or we head down the slope to a precipitous edge of brutality. The fiscal cliff is tame by comparison to the moral devastation ahead if we do not recognize the malady for what it is. Hate is the precursor to murder. Jesus made that very clear. Playing God is the dangerous second step where we feel we are the ultimate judge of all things and that we have the right to level the score.
Here, I would like to address our political leaders and media elite: You may personally have the moral strength to restrict your ideas to mere words but many who listen to you do not. To take the most sacred privilege of democracy and transform it into the language of aggression plays right into the hands of hate-mongers. This is not the language of a civil society or of wise leadership. It is not the ethos of a culture of co-existence. It is not the verbal coinage with which we can spend our way into the future. Our political rhetoric is fraught with division, hate, blame, and verbal murder. Our young are listening. Remember that what you win them with is what you win them to.
As for the entertainment world, what does one even say at a time like this? Calling for gun control and then entertaining the masses with bloodshed is only shifting the locus from law to entertainment. Do our entertainers ever pause to ask what debased values emerge from their stories? The death of decency is audible and visible in what passes as movie entertainment and political speech. This is the same culture that wishes to take away Nativity scenes and Christmas carols from our children. God is evicted from our culture and then He is blamed for our carnages. America is lost on the high seas of time, without chart or compass. The storms that await us will sink this nation beyond recognition if we do not awaken to the rapid repudiation of the values that shaped this nation. The handwriting is on the wall. Freedom is not just destroyed by its retraction. It is destroyed even more painfully by its abuse.
There is one more thing. It is so obvious but is seldom ever addressed. All these recent mass murders have been done by men. Many of them young men, yes, even mere boys. Jonesboro, Columbine, Virginia Tech, now Newtown. Is there something within our culture that doesn’t know how to raise strength with dignity and respect? Is this how boys are meant to be? From bloodletting in hockey games while thousands cheer to savagery in school shootings while thousands weep, we must ask ourselves what has gone wrong with us men? Where are the role models in the home? Is knocking somebody down the only test left for strength? Is there no demonstration now of kindness, gentleness, courtesy, and respect for our fellow human beings?
Note that in his diagnostics Mr. Zacarias hauls out the usual suspects and the mandatory solutions only, with not one mention of the wholesale slaughter of innocents that has turned two generations of mothers, now, into the most violent criminals of our society.
That, my brothers and sisters, is the truth that must not be uttered by cultural prognosticators who tune their words for the ears of complacent Christians.
We live in the midst of a bloodshed of innocents the likeness of which the world has never seen, but no tears are shed for the half-billion victims of this slaughter. Why not?
Because their mothers don't want them--we only grieve the deaths of wanted children. Were it otherwise, we'd have to approach women as moral agents. We'd have to give them the dignity of souls and warn them of the coming judgment of God against all those who paid butchers to murder their own flesh and blood.
The least-least of these.