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Violent culture goes very deep
Our president was correct when he said we must deal with the culture of violence that pervades this country and manifested itself in the horrible event that took place in the school in Connecticut.
Those involved in government, however, often feel that horrific events such as this warrant the passage of new laws and legislation and gun violence will disappear. This issue, however, goes much deeper and will involve a time of national repentance in order to even approach the fundamental causes of violence in our society. It is impossible to legislate the human heart.
How deep does this culture of violence go? Very deep! We have laws in this country which have allowed for the abortion of millions of babies. Are we naive enough to believe that violence perpetrated against those most innocent lives will not leach across the rest of our culture? If we are, we as spiritual beings do not understand how spiritual things work. If you get rid of the unwanted through violent actions, watch out — for soon violence will be directed against the wanted. When a door is opened for one kind of evil, other kinds will soon crowd in.
In movies, television, and other violent electronic games, our kids are learning to kill in fantasy, and after involving themselves in such entertainment, the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred. After killing over and over again, for perhaps hours a day in artificial realities, we are producing a desensitized generation — some of whom are much more apt to kill in reality.
There will be those who argue that the murder rate is going down in our society, but they need to look at other statistics to measure violence. We need to look at the rate of aggravated assaults in order to get a true picture of violence in our society.
If we really want to address this problem, all of us, including our president, who supports laws allowing abortion as a form of birth control, must look in the mirror.
As Pogo said in the cartoons years ago, "we have met the enemy and it is us!" Only a rational move to repentance will save us from the violence we ourselves have created. Let us not wait to turn to the fountain of our faith after evil has visited our streets, our homes and our schools. But rather, let us act out of moral convictions to protect life.
Page 2 of 2 - Perhaps, if we had not removed any reference to God and the Ten Commandments from school curriculums and public life, the words "thou shalt not kill" might one day have resonated in even the hardest of human hearts? One never knows.
The Salvation Army thanks you
The Salvation Army of Chippewa County and I wish to thank the businesses, the donors and the volunteers who made this year's Red Kettle Campaign a huge success.
We set an $8,000 goal and met that on Monday, Dec. 24.
We will be honoring Jim Bowen for his 35 years of affiliation and service to Salvation Army in the near future.
We still have the statewide silent auction for the Ice Castle fish house upcoming as a donation toward this year's campaign. More to follow when details are defined and known.
Thanks so much to all who helped make this season a success and helping reach our Chippewa County goal.