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God, Guns and Government

June 2, 2018

 

Yesterday, 13-year-old Benje Choucroun, reporting for “Time for Kids” shared his worries in the White House briefing room that he and his classmates "could get shot at school." He asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders how the White House plans to prevent shootings.

 

"At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill. One thing that affects my and other students' mental health is the worry about we or our friends could get shot at school. Specifically, could you tell me what the administration has done or will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?"

 

Sanders, a mother of three young children, choked up as she answered the young reporter, promising him the administration will do "every single thing in our power" to protect children.

 

Historically, the evil of school violence in our country can be dated back to at least 1764 (Enoch Brown School Massacre) perhaps and even earlier; this problem has been ongoing and sporadic but starting January 2018 it has been happening with increasing regularity and mortality-a weekly relentless march of murderous mayhem heaped upon our children at school.  No more of this!

 

No political party, special interest lobby, government system, legal or theological position or body, or personal opinion is beyond scrutiny and review in these dangerous and troubled times when considering the very lives, safety and mental stability of our children. 

 

Prayer here invites a call to action beginning with vigorous and thoughtful conversation about violence in general and gun violence in schools in particular and a roll out of broad spectrum changes to effect a roll back of violence in schools in particular and society in general. 

 

While our technology soars, our morality sours; a sell out here is a sell out to the devil.

 

Let us ponder the thought in our souls of children terrified for their very lives when a car back-fires or a party balloon pops or God forbid the sound is real.  This is warfare not only on the battlefields which is horrible enough for children to suffer; this is warfare brought into their classrooms. 

 

Sharon Dougherty has called attention to a recent effort ‘paint Morristown orange’ to protest gun violence, on June 1 and has asked Stanley to bring out the orange colors. 

 

Great idea Sharon! 

 

While this is certainly no solution to the problem, it is not political finger-pointing either, nor is it a way to single out anyone who doesn’t wear or display orange; it is a way for Stanley however, as a church community to help elevate the public awareness of the problem and show solidarity and agreement to protest gun violence.

 

The unique work of the Christian Church throughout its long history has been to proclaim in word and deed the Gospel, build up one another spiritually and provide for one another's necessities of life when some are unable.  So no, this is not a political platform, but the Gospel message of the Church echoing the words of Jesus during his arrest as he responds to Peter who is cutting off the ear of Malchus, servant of the high priest.  No more of this!

                                                                                                                           “The Ear of Malchus (L'oreille de Malchus) – James Tissot”

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