On Wednesday, Aug. 23, near Spokane, Wash., Delbert Belton, a 88-year-old WW II veteran was beaten to death by two teens for no apparent reason. A week earlier, a 23- yearold college student and baseball player visiting from Australia was gunned down by three teens, and their reason for this? They were bored and had nothing else to do. In Brunswick Ga. a young mother, Sherry West, was being robbed by two teenagers and was shot in the leg, then they pointed the gun at her 13-month-old baby and shot little Antonio in the face which killed him. And we ask ourselves, “Why, how can this be?”
This seems so senseless and empty, words cannot describe such hideous behavior. Where are our youth and society heading? Are we all accepting this relativism which accepts everything but yet stands for nothing? Why are we so shocked when our educational, political, and some religious systems have taken the foundation out of everything, and what has been replaced is the educated, power, and worship of man himself. We end up cheapening and devaluing life for there is nothing to direct us otherwise. Our internal compass has no draw towards any true direction except what seems right to our own self. Even Darwin saw a danger in relativistic naturalism and stated he saw no hope in the future except unbridled violence. (“Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth & Claw”) If this is the accepted direction we seek out then we have to accept the consequence which we have put upon ourselves. But if we begin to sense this path is leading to destruction, we should not be looking for answers within our educational, political, or religious systems. More so we need to search the cause and the remedy which lies within each and everyone of us. This must be done from the bottom up not from the top down as in looking for a system to fix our unresolved problems. The problem is you and I, we have lost our true north, our foundation for living, loving, meaning and purpose not only for us but for our Creator as well which is the bedrock and foundation for living.
G. K. Chesterton stated, “Meaninglessness doesn't come from being weary of pain, meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.” Our relativistic society allows for most any indulgence imaginable, any pleasure you seek is fair game. Ask most anyone who has fulfilled this task and you'll hear it’s all vanity, vanity, there's nothing new under the sun, it all been tried and found wanting. The issue of pain sharpens the senses and a search for meaning and purpose which is the opposite of pleasure. Either brings you to God, Christ and Creator which brings meaning and purpose out of a meaningless life. Keep thinking,
Deni Shepard — Franklin, N.C.