Like most of you, I spent my day feeling outraged, overwhelmed, in sorrow, even in tears. I hugged my kids and told them I loved them…then I felt the need to explain to them why I was behaving in such an odd manor. I told them that an evil man walked into an elementary school, just like our homeschool is, and that an evil man shot 25 people before turning the gun on himself. I told my children that most of the victims were children the very ages we have in our own tiny, one-room school. And my natural response was “how could this happen?”
Columbine was the first time we saw this type of tragedy. Following this were shootings on college campuses, in churches, in shopping malls, and in theaters. This sort of ‘soft target’ was easy to hit because the victims were almost guaranteed to be unarmed and not defended. But why? Why the rise in violence against each other in this country?
These tragedies are not born in a vacuum. There is a conception and incubation for such things. May I post a question to you? What moral law did this CT shooter break? Who gets to set the moral law? I would like to pose to you, my reader, that society is breeding people who have been making up their own moral laws for a couple decades now. No one wants to be told what is right and wrong, we all want to be the captains of our own ships and sail in the direction we want. We rebel against others who impose their morals upon us and I believe that society is being affected by this.
The term we use for this phenomena is Post Modern. In a post modern society, the edges of right and wrong are blurred or straight up wiped clear. Marriage, cohabitation, child birth, child rearing, modesty, speech, charity, even the value of life …all this is dictated by the individual and no one else. The logical end to the post modern mind is that morality is determined at the individual level, and not to be dictated by anyone else. We are dismantling our moral foundation, brick by brick and hurting each other, young and old, in the process. “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes…” I’ve read about this before and it turned out poorly for everyone 😦
How could this happen?
A people who value its privileges above its principles,
soon loose both ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
For the record…
- I believe this man sinned the moment he conceived this plan in his brain
- I believe that the moment he died, he stood before the throne of God
- I believe on the merit of his unrepentant sin, he was condemned
- I believe that Jesus said “Depart from me, for I never knew you”
- I believe his punishment was an eternity in hell
- I believe that God’s justice was served