A sad reality

With regard to the letter entitled “Moral?”, any reasonable person knows the sad reality that bad things sometimes happen to good people. Newtown is not a depraved “den of iniquity” deserving of God’s wrath. And I don’t believe that it happened because we’ve taken Christ out of Christmas. But with all of the flap over gun control, it must be said that guns are only part of the problem. Yes, in the case of the Newtown tragedy mental illness and the lack of its sufficient treatment was also a contributing factor.

There is a moral deficiency among our young people, largely through no fault of their own. There seems to be a tendency in academia and in society in general to look the other way and not speak up for fear of being labeled judgmental. Now, please hear me out and don’t dismiss me as a religious zealot. I went through public school back in the days of classroom Bible reading. There was never any reference to Jesus or His disciples or miracles. There was no mention of the Garden of Eden, the parting of the Red Sea or the fall of Jericho. What we heard were morality lessons from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Psalms, and occasionally I Corinthians:13, also known as the Love Chapter. I doubt any child was scarred for life upon hearing these passages, and maybe, just maybe some kids who came from households where little, if any, morality was displayed might have been affected positively.

Having said that, I am not advocating the overturning of the Supreme Court’s decision, although I admit that as a Christian it would make me happy. Rather, I am suggesting there must be some generic, non-sectarian moral philosophy, acceptable to the believer and non-believer alike, to which the children could be exposed, which just might make them think twice before they act. Guns are only a part of the problem. There has yet to be a gun that can pull its own trigger. Our children need to be taught the value of life and the importance of doing unto others as we would have others do unto us, and if they’re not getting it at home, they need to get it in school.

Ken Robertson