"The Safeway Massacre," as some have called it, has reminded us in the most alarming way that there are those among us who place the value of life below their personal preferences.
The Drudge Report referred to the suspect in the Saturday morning Tucson shooting spree, Jared Loughner, as a "scary freak."
CNN is already raising the issue of insanity and certainly the defense will explore that as this case comes to trial. CNN has posted a video showing that Loughner had "planned ahead".
His classmates have described him as a "left wing pot head."
And the blame has already begun. Whose fault is it? What caused this man to commit this heartless act?
Our prayers are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she fights for her life this morning. And for all those who were victims of this terrible act.
Only two days before Giffords was shot, a diary writer for the far-left Daily KOS website posted a blog titled, "My Congress Woman voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now dead to me." Following the shooting in Tucson Saturday morning, the blog entry was scrubbed from the KOS site.
Back in 2008, Kos founder Markos Moulitsas had listed then state representative Giffords as one of dozens of representatives with a bulls eye on their district for being a "bad apple" Democrat.
Now the Daily KOS is blaming Sarah Palin and her political rhetoric.
Why this happened will play out in the media, news and op-ed columns for weeks, if not months, and finally in the courts, but there is one glaring issue that will likely never be publicly considered.
Life has been devalued by legalized abortion on demand. And the rejection of the Creator of life.
Mother Teresa, recognized it and wrote about it. She said, "Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation." Indeed it has.
The erosion of the sanctity of life has had an equally erosive effect on our culture. And it will continue until restoration of the sanctity of life.
Under the guise of "choice," life has become a mere decision, made under the circumstances of any given moment.
How far life has been de-valued was never more evident than in an October interview with British columnist, journalist and author Virginia Ironsides on BBC.
Ms. Ironsides said if she had a suffering child she would put a pillow over its face.
She said, "And I think the difference is that my feeling of horror, suffering is much greater than my feeling of getting rid of a couple of cells, because suffering can go on for years." I have linked the video.
A couple of cells? Is that the definition of a child? Is a human life not more than that?
If that reflects the current value of life, it is not a huge step to "death panels" or "end of life discussions" for the elderly, as President Obama has taken to calling them lately.
Is it problematic to consistently teach our kids that life is merely a choice made under various sets of circumstances---or worse, that life is a "few cells"?
President Obama has said "America is no longer just a Christian nation."
Scripture teaches "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Galatians 6:7 (NIV)
The Greek word translated "mocked" means to "turn up the nose in scorn"---to insult, to deride.
Our Founding Fathers embraced Judeo-Christian principles and built a great nation. Too many current leaders run from them, mocking them as irrelevant. And mocking those who embrace them.
Remember the "clinging to their guns and Bibles" comment?
Civilization stands at the proverbial fork in the road.
Unless Christians effectively reassert the value of human life in our culture, we will tumble into barbarism.
C.S. Lewis said in, "The Abolition of Man," that human essence would be destroyed by "men without chests"---a scientific and technological elite that would posses mind and instinct but no heart or moral compass to govern their thoughts or actions.
People without a heart. "A deformed nation."
God help us.
Faith and Freedom
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