For What It’s Worth: Duane Arnold PhD
We are not the Church Militant… not in the modern understanding of the phrase.
I have been around guns all my life. I am not some bleeding heart liberal. When do we say enough is enough. How many bodies have to be dragged out of churches and classrooms before we say that there is something terribly wrong in the psyche of the nation.
For $167.50 Mark David Chapman legally bought a gun in Hawaii and murdered John Lennon, destroying a lifetime of creative power. Lee Harvey Oswald purchased his through a mail order catalog and destroyed the dreams of a nation. And then Sirhan Sirhan,, and then a sniper targeting Martin Luther King, Jr. But even these deaths do not seem to matter.
We pass over the slaughter of of innocents at a concert in Las Vegas. We contextualize the deaths of Black parishioners in South Carolina and say it’s a hate crime. Meanwhile children and young adults are slaughtered on the streets of Chicago week by week and month by month and we say it’s a community problem.
I’ve had enough.
I’m angry with legislators who choose NRA money over people’s lives.
I’m angry with a Supreme Court that makes rulings on the Second Amendment in the marble clad security of Washington, DC, as their hands drip with the blood of the innocent.
I’m angry with the evangelical leaders who boast of “packing heat” while they feed the worst instincts of their followers with supposed biblical teaching.
I’m angry with a corrupt President who has never placed himself in harms way for the sake of the country, but promotes lawless and reckless behavior.
It has come to the point that there is blood on all of our hands… and I doubt that it will ever be cleansed. We will be held accountable not merely for sins of commission, but for the sins of omission. We would prefer to look the other way. Have no doubt, we will not be guiltless.
I’m tired of praying for the victims of the latest tragedy…
I’m tired of vigils…
I’m tired of flags at half mast…
I’m sick and tired of writing songs for Michael to sing at remembrance services.
Every follower of Christ needs to make some choices… but I doubt they will.