As he pushed the stroller carrying his 10-month son along West Fourth Street in the city's Newberry neighborhood, Daniel Engel's thoughts centered around the crime problems that are plaguing communities not just here, but everywhere.
"The crime, the drugs and all the stuff that's going on outside here. People are going completely out of their minds. The next thing you know it's going to be home invasions right in our little neighborhood," said Engel, a resident of Newberry.
"I feel this whole world is going down hill, man. It's going to get worse. With the drugs, the crime, the corruption in the government, the corruption in the court system, stuff like that. It's all falling apart," he said.
"My biggest concern is my son and my family," Engel said as he walked about a block away from where an angry young woman critically wounded her ex-boyfriend days earlier by shooting him in a church parking lot.
"I was upset by what happened because it happened right in my neighborhood. Was I surprised? No, I wasn't surprised one bit," Engel said.
"Sadly, that kind of violence seems to be the norm now," Engel said. Days after this interview, a man turned his rage toward a township meeting hall in Monroe County by firing guns during a public meeting, killing three people and wounding two others.
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"I think there is a lot more of that kind of thing going to happen just because of the way people are thinking. That's what happens when people go off on another path. As long as people stay on that path, that's the direction they are going to take," he said.
Faith in God is the central focus of his life. He believes the country, which was founded on Christian principles, needs to get back to God.
"After they took prayer out of the public schools, the schools went down hill," Engel said.
"We need to turn the whole thing back over to God," he said.
"When God is not involved in your life, you get mass confusion. You have the work of the evil one. You know what I mean," Engel said, referring to Satan.
"That's his work, that's his game, causing confusion, that's what he does. That's what he likes" Engel said.
"God isn't about that. God is about love. God is about peace. God certainly doesn't want people out here shooting people. God doesn't want people getting hung up on drugs. None of that is from God," Engel, who has three grown daughters and five grandchildren, said.
"This is all part of the prophesy. The world is going to get worse and worse. That is the pattern the world has taken. People turned their backs on God and this is the result. People have to get back to God. That is the bottom line," he added.