The murder of children and their teachers is horrible. It is unthinkable. And we have been rightly led to mourn the loss life in Newtown, CT.
But there is a red herring in the reporting of this story. It is a touchy subject. It is "gun control".
This is not an defense of the NRA or a pleading for the government to leave us with unlimited access to firearms. I believe that gun control needs to be discussed realistically, yet I do not think that it will solve the problem.
Take all the guns out of the hands of every man and woman in the United States and you are left with the same problem on a smaller scale. (And perhaps a larger scale. Don't forget that we live in a world where people can manufacture bombs with directions off the internet.)
Almost every media outlet has jumped on the idea that now is the time for congress to debate gun control and so "fix" the problem of large scale violence. They report that this is what President Obama was driving at during his remarks to the memorial service in Newtown.
(Which, by the way, does not seem to be what he was talking about when he said he would use the power of his office to talk with teachers, medical professionals, and law enforcement officers about solutions to the problem. What do medical professionals and educators have to do with gun control?)
Take the guns out of the equation and you are still left with a man in China who attacked and injured 22 people with a knife, hijackers who destroyed thousands of lives without a single firearm, and a society that defends the murders millions of innocent babies through abortion.
Here lies the real question and the real issue. Do we truly value human life? Harry Reid, Brian Williams, and countless others have lamented the slaughter of these young innocents. And they should. But do these same men shed a single tear for the loss of innocent life through abortion clinics? Does the idea that millions of pre-born babies are being slaughtered make you lose any sleep at night?
We cannot create a society that values life outside the womb until we learn to value it inside the womb.
We cannot see the value of life until we see it through the eyes of God. Each life is one that He created. More than that, each life is one for which He shed the truly innocent blood of His Son.
Alas, we shall never value life as much as we should. And for this we must all repent. Repent and trust in the blood bought forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Repent and fight for the life of EVERY human being, born or unborn, rich or poor, young or old.
Repent and continue to pray: "Come quickly Lord Jesus!"