Terrorism On Our Own Soil
Why do such heinous acts happen in our own backyard?
For those of a “certain age,” it is easy to remember a childhood where “big scary monsters” were just the thing of fiction and movies; and our country’s enemies were always known to us. Furthermore, battles against adversaries were conducted outside our borders, for reasons that were understood.
That seemed to change in the 1990s, when a bombing at New York’s World Trade Center in 1993, and the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, seemed to rattle our sense of security and introduce us to the concept of “Homegrown Terror” – acts committed on our soil, with little context, and no warning, by people simply seeking notoriety for their cause.
Though the ultimate affront to our safety – that which occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 – was committed by foreign nationals, we knew from that day forward that anything could happen, to anyone, at any time.
Since then, we have been confronted with regular examples of fellow citizens who have taken terror to new heights. We think of the murderous rampage by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School; the heinous bombing at the Boston Marathon two years ago; the devastating terror attacks on Paris; and wonder, how can such hatred be perpetrated by our neighbors, and the children of our neighbors?
For those readers who have been entrusted with parental responsibilities, we know that we carry a heavy burden. We want to raise our children to make the right choices, and help them understand that faith, morality and belief in God can keep them on the right path.
Proverbs 22:6 in the King James Version of the Bible underscores the importance of faith in those formative years: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Ephesians 6:4 underscores the power of parental influence, noting in particular the impact that house rules can have on upbringing: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring the up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
It has been said that it “takes a village” to raise a child these days. As citizens of this village, we can best protect ourselves against acts of “homegrown terror,” by embracing our responsibility -- in fact, God’s command – that we do everything we can to provide a foundation of peace, love and understanding to our children, and our neighbors’ children.
JESUS WILL FIX IT! GOD CREATED MAN - MAN CREATED GUNS
The message about the cross doesn't make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God's power at work. (1 Corinthians 1:18 CEV)
It is because of the fall of man and sin that guns are even necessary. It is an American right to bear arms but we must ensure that less/no guns get in the wrong hands. It will take more than the government, police and gun control reform to accomplish this. "I am my brother's keeper" Family and friends of the people that should not have a gun legally or illegally are the FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. Spending less time in digital darkness (Cell, PC, TV and etc...) and more time with the light of God and Family would be a good start to a new WORLD re-order. Get to know your family, friends and neighbors. America is in need of a great Revival and a reconnection in human touch. A simple starting point for this reconnection could be an old fashioned sit-down family dinner with face-to-face conversation. Love thy neighbor and get to know them. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17 KJV)
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Even so faith without works is dead. (James 2:17 BBE) Help the poor, mentally ill and those in need! Love one another