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Newtown: not the worst tragedy

The horrific December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, captivated our nation for at least a couple of weeks. Twenty little children and six adults were mercilessly slaughtered by a socially inept twenty-year-old known for playing violent video games. Hour after hour beamed video of the lives lost and the gunman’s past. As expected, liberal politicians, celebrities, and the mainstream media set its sights upon the National Rifle Association and the gun industry.

The whole thing was and continues to be emotionally draining. One cannot help but grieve over the event of that fateful December day. And yet little displays the ungodliness of collective culture than the coverage of the Newtown school massacre.

How so? Consider this: according to the US Abortion Clock. org (http://www.numberofabortions.com), over two thousand abortions were performed today. The lives of over two thousand unborn children were end today, and it is completely legal. That’s over one hundred times as many children killed as those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook. Over 1.2 million unborn babies lost their lives this past year as the United States abortion industry reaps huge profits from this evil and godless practice. The lives of almost fifty-six million unborn children have been ended since 1973 when the merciless Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the U. S. Supreme Court. How many stories by our mainstream media covering this national shame have you read or heard? Yep, that’s what I thought. A godless media informing a godless culture do not grieve over the unborn. Rest assured that the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision will be widely commemorated this year as a necessary protection of women’s “rights.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who was hanged on April 9, 1945, by the Nazis for being part of a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Hitler committed suicide three weeks later). While I have some major disagreements with Bonhoeffer’s theology, I admire his understanding that one’s theology must impact one’s day-to-day living if that theology is truly believed. Bonhoeffer wrote this about abortion: “Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder” (Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Kindle Edition [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010], 472). Our president, his political party, the national media, and our culture at large exhibit their ungodliness with the promotion of this murder of the unborn. Bonhoeffer had it right.

We certainly are grieved over the senseless loss of life at Newtown, but where are the tears for the millions who lose their lives each year without the opportunity to see sunshine, green grass, or a parent’s smile? The financial cliff gripped America’s attention a weeks back, but we jumped off the moral cliff forty years ago.