Violence Only A Symptom Of Our Emptiness

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As a young person, it is disheartening to hear the news of the tragedy in Littleton, Colo. All those people lost their lives for no cause.

Sad as it may sound, news such as this isn't so shocking anymore. After all, I grew up with the Unabomber. The Oklahoma City bombing still rumbles not far in the past. More recently, two kids sat outside of their school and shot a bunch of their classmates. Violence seems to be the normal thing anymore. Maybe it wouldn't seem so normal if it happened a little closer to home.

As I listened to the news after the event, I heard critics pointing fingers at everyone else; casting fault on whatever or whomever they could find. Blame it on the guns, they said. Blame it on the Internet. Blame it on parents. Blame it on school security. Blame it on movies, gangs, and rock culture. We might as well blame it on pipes and explosives, too. So, whose fault is it, anyway?

Now, for a shocking statement. Violence is not a problem in this country. Have you recovered yet? Let me explain. Violence is merely a symptom of a problem that has been here for a long time; violence is a recurring symptom that will continue to raise its ugly head regardless of legislation passed to suppress it. We can always try to treat, hide or ignore the symptoms, but they will keep coming back because the problem is still there.

People have always tried to treat the symptoms, but it never works. Just take a look at history and you will see. Our nation can pass all the laws it wants to, but it will do no good. All the crime laws that have been passed before the Columbine High incident did nothing to prevent it. Why do people think that legislation is the answer to our problems?

The problem lies within the hearts of us, the people of the United States of America. We have turned our backs on the God of our fathers. The same God that our fathers came here to worship freely.

As a nation we have said, "We can make it on our own without God, we have the answers to our own problems." Thus we have chased God out of society and replaced him with humanism. We have turned our backs on morality and righteousness and replaced them with immorality and deceit. We have become a nation of liars and cheaters, from the very least of us to the highest office. All this to our shame.

With the moral condition of our country completely out of tact, we can only expect much more and much worse to come in the future. Do not be surprised by it when it gets here; it has been a long time coming.

But there is an answer to our problems. Written in the Bible, God said, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Bryan Miller
Payson

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