Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Sad Day

Isn't it horrific what happened at Virginia Tech? I hadn't planned on making this the first post on my blog, but I figured it important to bring up. I was recently sent an email, which I feel is very relevent to this topic. It went something like this:

"Some years ago, we were told we came from monkeys. We sat back and accepted that as the truth. Then we were told that there could be no prayer in schools because we didn't want the possibility of someone getting offended by our prayers, which they in no way were forced to participate in. We accepted this. Then someone said we should start experimenting with drugs in order to become enlightened. We accepted this. We were then told that a woman had a right to choose whether or not her unborn child should be allowed to live or die. We accepted this. We were also told that it was okay to divorce. Hey, if you get in a bad situation, flee! We accepted this. From that, we began telling teachers they couldn't discipline students or else it be called physical or emotional abuse. Then someone told us it was okay to begin allowing cuss words on tv, in movies, in plays, in kids shows, etc. We accepted this. Then came explicit sex scenes, and we accepted that as well. Following sex came movies of mass killings by crazed psycho killers wearing razor blades on their fingers and hockey masks on their faces. And we accepted that too.

Now, what is the cost of all this acceptance...

We have kids growing up where they're told they don't have to mind anyone, don't have to follow the rules, are tossed about from one parent (or usually grandparent) to the next, where they're told it's not okay to talk to God unless and only in church, or to believe in God at all, who see no less than fifty killings by the entertainment industry before the age of ten, and who end up doing all sorts of risky things in life, which usually drags them down the right way for disaster, leaving them shallow, callous, disturbed, tormented, full of hate, and empty inside.

And people wonder why our children are so messed up these days?"

It's no wonder to me. We've become a society so turned off to God, where anything goes, and where so few truly care about those around them. We've become self-centered and full of all sorts of horrific and evil acts. Our children see this on a daily basis. They know the dangers that lurk out there. I knew them, sadly, when I was in school. I knew where the drugs could be obtained. I knew where to buy the booze if I wanted it (and I lived in a dry county). I knew full and well how to do all sorts of things, which wouldn't be good for anyone. And so did most others. I knew that at any time, a dangerous person could easily come waltzing into the school with a gun to kill off all of us. It could have happened, and still could, so very easily. It's simply sad beyond belief.

My heart aches for all those involved in the terrible killings that took place in Virginia. I pray for the families of all those involved. And above all, I pray for our nation. It's what we've allowed to enter our lives, our society, which has caused this sort of thing to take place. And out of our indifference to act, it'll only be a matter of time before it unfortunately happens again. God, please help us before it's all too late!


Jay said...

Hey Brandon. Since you posted on my blog, I thought it would only be right to post on yours. This is a great post. It is simply tragic how far down our society has gone from God's ideal. Then again, it's never really been close. I agree with a lot of what you said (although I do believe in theistic evolution).

It's sad that tragedies like this happen all the time. Just yesterday almost 200 civilians were killed in a Baghdad market. That's 200 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children whose lives have been ended or destroyed. Yet, on my AOL News list, I heard about Anna Nicole's baby's father before I heard about that. How messed up is that?

I pray for all victims of violence around the world.

Brandon said...

Thanks for the comments, Jay. I agree with you.

Beast said...

Hey Brandon,

This is a good post that challenges our faith.

I watched some video clips from Youtube the other day and I was stirred by the truth that is said in these clips. They are a bit dodgy [moderate sexual images], so, I would not strongly recommend them. In fact, I strongly oppose homosexual practice but the truth about rejection in these video clips is just THERE.

They are about an asian gay man talking about how far sexual preference could lead us to [in these clips, racism is the involved]. I was hesitating sending you these clips. I don't intend to watch them again. But I just want to stress the point that without Jesus, the world is just going mad. If these clips offend you or cause you to stumble, I truly and humbly apologise!

Let me know what you think!