While watching some of the 24 hour news coverage of the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, school shooting, I couldn’t help but notice how all of the reporters and commentators, and even the current occupant of the White House were visibly emotional and teary-eyed when they tried to put into words the tragic events of December 14. Some of them even expressed outrage that such a massacre, such a senseless, evil act could have occurred, especially against all those “beautiful innocent children”, and “so many of them”. Their lives were snuffed out against their will before they could mature into the persons they were destined to become. The reporters told how the law enforcement agents and first responders described the scene in the classroom as “gruesome” or “too horrible for words”.
I, too, am appalled at the tragedy and share in my expression of sympathy and prayer for the families of the victims, for the surviving students and their families, and for that entire tightly-knit community. No one should have to endure such a calamity.
But where was the emotional reporting about the other three thousand “beautiful innocent children” that were slaughtered in America on that same day??!! And every day! Their lives, too, were snuffed out against their will before they could become the persons they were destined to become.
Does the age of the victim, the physical location of where it takes place, or the “weapon” used really make a difference? Really? Does the fact that the one responsible for ending the life of a child is wearing a surgical gown and using a forceps or vacuum tube instead of wearing a SWAT uniform and wielding an automatic handgun make a difference? Really?
I would dare say that if the same first responders were to witness the remains of a human child that has been ripped apart, limb from limb by a forceps, or scalded with a saline solution, or sucked into a bloody pulp in a laboratory beaker, they would come away just as sickened, if not more so, as from the scene in the Sandy Hook classroom. I challenge every one of the well-meaning reporters and commentators to witness the carnage in an abortion clinic and give an eyewitness report from there.
As tragic as the Sandy Hook murders are, we must not fail to acknowledge the greater tragedy of state sanctioned murder in America that has slaughtered over four times the number of human lives than the Nazi Holocaust, also state sanctioned. Only the ages of the victims differ.
Where is the outcry from the pulpits of our churches, the very agent that has the responsibility to be the conscience of our culture? Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s admonition should shake us to our core just as much today as when he was resisting the Nazis: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak; not to act is to act.”
God have mercy on those of us who sacrifice their children on the altar of “choice”, or “rights”, or “convenience”, and on those of us who sit on the sidelines, or in our comfortable pews, and watch in silence.
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them . . . I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” --Ezekiel 33:6
Dale Van Donselaar