Am I my brother’s keeper?

Am I my brother’s keeper?

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

Since last Friday, December 14, 2012, everyone is again searching for answers to another terrible tragedy. This time the killings in Newtown Connecticut seem even more tragic as most of the victims were six and seven year old children.  We hear clamor for greater gun control or better armed citizens. It seems every politician is looking for a solution either by tougher laws or more regulation. What no one outside of some of our pulpits seems to acknowledge is how our country has changed for the worse.

This country was founded on the belief that every one of us was endowed with certain unalienable right from our creator. Contrary to today’s revisionist history this nation was founded as a nation of Christians. A nation with a shared moral compass that is now splintered.

Where once families and churches took care of those who had fallen on hard times now the government has taken over. Rather than help people get back on their feet the government turns them in long term dependents on the government. We have families falling apart due to divorce and families never forming as out of wedlock births soar and become common place and acceptable. People stop trying to make a marriage work and feel like their spouse is there only to make them happy. When they stop being happy they leave, changing partners like some change cars only to find that sooner rather than later the “magic’ is gone and it is time to move on.

Too many kids form their social bonds via Facebook or other social media and one on one encounters become less frequent. Video games have become more violent and realistic as well as the movies we see. We become desensitized to the violence as violence becomes entertainment. We have become a society where truth is relative and everything is ok as long as it makes one happy. People become more and more detached and we stop viewing others as persons.

Scientists and the media tell us we are nothing more than animals, just a reflection of our genes. We rise up animals to the level of humans insisting they too have rights. And in the process we devalue human life. With all this is it any wonder that some sick individual will go out and take the lives of our children?

We put band aids on the problem because we refuse to admit that the problem is a falling away from God. That no laws or regulations will stop the carnage until we heal the spirit of the country. Until we put our families back together and accept responsibility for our children. Parents once again need to be parents rather than friends and buddies. As long as we turn away from God nothing will change. We need to turn back to Him and regain our moral compass. We are our brother’s keeper; we have just lost sight of that.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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