by Dale Landrith Sr.

In my previous article, “Why the Hatred and Violence?” I advocated that a return to Judeo/Christian moral absolutes was the solution. There was much criticism directed towards that article, even to the point of indicating that my beliefs themselves could be dangerous.

Last week we have now experienced another senseless act of violence that resulted in 26 people killed and many wounded, which included many children. These folks were attending a church service when they were attacked. One man’s hatred resulted in the violence that claimed these victims.

While elected officials and other public figures expressed their thoughts and prayers, many in the media and other elected officials scoffed at those who offered these condolences. Why does someone scoff at the idea of another person praying? Once again we ask, where does this hatred, violence come from?

Does our basis for morality come from government or family? While the news was still breaking about last week’s church shooting, some current and former government officials along with the media were expressing the need for more government action to prevent such violence.

However, it was the failure of government to exercise existing law that allowed the killer to possess the firearms that he had. One segment of government failed to notify another segment of government of the killer’s felony past that resulted in his ability to purchase the firearms.

There are many examples of local and state governments failing to enforce immigration laws which have resulted in violence. The most visible is the current trial of the illegal immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco. An illegal alien shot and killed this woman when he should have been detained for federal immigration officials.

Many other incidents of sexual assault, robbery, and murder are occurring. If we base our morality on the ability of government to produce standards, then government will certainly fail. Any given act is not wrong because it is illegal, but it is illegal because it is wrong. This statement is not my own but comes from an unknown source and reminds us that government is not the ultimate authority. If we depend on government to establish right and wrong, it will fail. This failure results in much of the anarchy that we see today.

One of the critics of my former article indicated that her parents had instilled good moral standards, such as being truthful, respect others, and to be charitable. Her parents are certainly to be commended. Talk to the teachers who work with our children on a daily basis and you will find that proper parent interaction with their children is sadly lacking in today’s society. Even when a child does have good teaching from their parents, that teaching holds the potential for failure.

Just as a government is bound to fail, so is any person, including parents. Even with the best of parenting, can any one of us not remember a time when a parent lied, spoke ill of someone, or failed to exhibit love toward someone less fortunate. What happens when a child observes the failure of a parent to practice that which the parent has taught? The results are the rebellion and cynicism that we observe today.

Revisionist history aside, there can be no doubt that much of the founding law of our country was based upon Judeo/Christian tradition. As we as a country have deviated from those values, so have our moral absolutes also deviated.

Absolute authority must come from beyond humanity. Absolute authority comes from God. Christians should believe that the implementation of that authority comes from the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is absolute authority. Always has been, always will be. Mankind is imperfect. Always has been, always will be.

When people point out the various failures within “Christianity,” they are pointing out the failures of mankind in implementing that “Christianity.” Our country began with history’s best effort to incorporate the Judeo/Christian ethic into a nation. We are at a crossroads as to whether we can keep it.

Once again, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” says our Declaration of Independence.

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness only become a reality when “… the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them,” as the Declaration further states.

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