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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
& Columbine, Colorado
[COMMENT: From an email on the occasion of the recent shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. See another commentary on Sandy Hook (Newtown), Connecticut.
The Columbine shootings and the piece by Darrell Scott below has not made the least difference in America, nor in our churches or politics. We dutifully mourned for a week or so, and then pretty much back to normal. I do not believe any amount of violence will turn the tide. We are too far gone for that. We react with all the wrong worldview presuppositions about life and the meaning of life.
We are in this mess because, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said to the assembly at Yale (Harvard?) many years ago, we have forgotten God. We have not only forgotten Him, we have declared war upon Him. Our government has taken upon itself the right to be God. May God have mercy upon us Christians, upon us clergy, and our churches for our betrayal of Him in letting our government do any such thing.
Darrell Scott was wrong in predicting that the young people of America would bring prayer back into schools. They, too, are far gone, educated by government schools. As Hitler told his people, "I have your children now, there is nothing you parents can do about it any more. I will educate them." Only the homeschoolers would have half a chance, but until the majority of American children are educated under the authority of their parents, nothing much can change. And until the clergy stand up and preach the whole Gospel, not just the private part of it, but the public arena, the political part of it -- nothing much can change. The clergy are the key.
Read the piece below, and then listen to Darrell Scott and his son on their experiences with the Lord in the Columbine event -- #1 #2 (mp3's still to come...) E. Fox]
Subj: Unless we change, where will this take us next
I received the following in an email yesterday and thought it was so well said that I considered passing it on to a few close friends and family. Upon learning of today's horrific incident, I felt I should so now I am. What follows is a portion of the transcript of testimony given by Darrell Scott on May 27, 1999 to the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime. He is the father of Rachel Scott a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, ColoradoIt is sad that we did not heed his words. I sense that our increased faith in political correctness and the increasing efforts to separate church and state are flaming the evil that is being unleashed in our society. And now sadly, in our post modern world where absolute truths are no longer accepted by the majority of our population and where lies and distortions are common in our public discourse, even small children in a classroom are not safe.My heart is so heavy and I could go on with my thoughts from this day but I stop so that you can hear from Mr. Scott."Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the
hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the
seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy
Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven
children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel
out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it
the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and
the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how
quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not
a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am
not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that
they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not
believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything
to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it
was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the
real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the
blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I
wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and
spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we
create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and
wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational
systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges
began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has
happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so
doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as
terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look
for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more
restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private
liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would
not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can
stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real
villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his
two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray
in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I
challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to
realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was
brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by
those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a
sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to
communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at
the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own
heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this
country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell ScottGod bless,
Michael R Bundy
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Date Posted - 12/15/2012 - Date Last Edited - 12/21/2012