We live in an evil world

17 Dec

Hug your children! That was the advice given Sunday, Dec. 16, by the Rev. Nick Needham to those who attended services at Calvary United Methodist Church in Walcott (Iowa).

My wife Sherry and I normally go to church in Davenport. But we went to the Walcott church so we could see our grandchildren, Harrison and Marin, play the parts of Joseph and Mary, respectively, in a Christmas program directed by Robyn Stender, one of the most enthusiastic and upbeat people you’ll ever run across.

As I watched all of the Calvary kids portraying how children around the world celebrate Christmas, I couldn’t help but remember all of the kindergarteners in Newtown, Conn., who won’t be celebrating Christmas or their next birthday, high school graduation or anything else because their lives were cut short by the senseless act of a madman.

“Don’t ask me why it happened,” Needham told his congregation. “because I don’t have an answer.”

Some people, he continued, are asking where God was when the shooting took place. Needham said God was standing beside each victim.

Since Friday there’s been lots of discussion both pro and con about guns. People on both sides of that issue make good points. But the fact is, troubled people intent on doing evil will finds ways to do it with or without access to firearms.

My wife and I were reminded of that all too well in October when we visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, a tribute to the 168 people, including 19 young children, who died because Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building there on April 19, 1995.

A friend of mine, in as essay posted on his Facebook page, writes that we can blame a variety of causes — including guns, poor parenting, the Internet, the media, drugs, courts, a lack of prayer in schools, a lack of ethics — for these mass killings. But the bottom line, he writes, is we live in an evil world.

True. But the problem is spotting evil and dealing with it before innocent people have to die.

Copyright 2012 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises. This piece submitted as a column to The North Scott Press.

1 Comment

Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


One response to “We live in an evil world

  1. Dan

    December 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I agree with you. I have been thinking long and hard about what really needs to happen to make a change. There is no magic silver bullet, I don’t think, but many things. I am working on a comprehensive plan to control weapons. I want something that works, and bans don’t work. They make people feel good on the surface, but those guns have not vaporized. They have just gone underground, which is worse. Our bans on alcohol and marijuana have completely backfired. I am told that today the gun show price of a used civilian assault rifle copy is 250% higher than the original price. This is exactly the wrong direction. I propose very, very stringent registration and requirements to possess, background checks, waiting periods, annual verification of ownership, no unrecorded transfers of weapons through sale or gift, no loaning of certain types of firearms- you get the picture. We need to avoid this highly lucrative black market that is already starting to form. In fact, it was there during the first assault weapon ban waiting to come back.

    Just some of my thoughts!


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