June 14, 2017
by Dr. R. Scott
I am sick and tired of gun violence in our society. I don’t have an answer. I don’t have a solution. But I am sick and tired of it. Congressional Representatives should be safe. And so should children in Chicago and Los Angeles and New York City. Schools should be safe, like Columbine and Sandy Hook.
I am sick and tired of the gun violence. It’s partly mental illness. It’s partly a social illness of frustration and anger and complete disregard for our fellow human beings.
I am sick and tired of how we are treating one another, regardless of politics and ethnicity and economic background.
I am sick and tired of video games and movies that are saturated with violence and that diminish our collective humanity over and over again. Parents . . . it’s time to wake up.
The Speaker of the House today said that “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” That’s not just true of the House, Mr. Speaker. It’s true of the entire human family. It’s true of civilizations around the world. I don’t think the answer is more guns. I know some disagree. I just don’t believe that will make us safer.
There is something at the core of our humanity that is eroding away, that is slowly diminishing, in a quasi-apocalyptic way, and it is that part of us that respects the dignity of others, that feels some small impulse to love our neighbor as ourselves.
At a certain point we have to return to the greatest exploration of all . . . what it means to be humane with another.
So what if you have the best Apple computer or can watch 772 channels on cable or can post on FB or Twitter or Instagram. None of it matters if we don’t know how to be human in the family of all things.
Take a Breath if you can tonight. I’m trying to take one too. I’m not sure what to do and where to turn. I would like to say: “God save us.” But God is not going to save us.
God, the God I believe in, the God I will preach about this Sunday at First Church, that God is looking at us and saying, “You figure it out. Figure it out before you destroy one another. Figure it out before you kill everyone. You want me to save you? How about saving yourselves?”
I am sick and tired tonight.