Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Better Way

Oklahome City memorial with statue of Jesus weeping

This past week the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal building was observed. We visited the memorial at the site a few years ago. People visit quietly and remember. We remember lost innocence. Before 9-11 we had not had an attack of this magnitude on our shores. We had not had an attack perpetrated by one of our own citizens.

I watched a taped interview of the bomber Timothy McVeigh on television Monday night. It left me chilled. It left me concerned that so much of the anger felt in this country towards government could be misdirected toward violence.
Militias are on the upswing. A recent arrest of a Michigan militia with plans to kill local law enforcement and then ambush other peace officers who came to the funeral came to mind. We have the right to disagree and oppose bad government and lawmakers, but when those on the fringes turn to violence we better wake up. Good government is not going to come from more guns or more rallies or more angry demonstrations. None of our political parties will save us. This is a time to look toward the Prince of Peace to bring peace and justice to our land.

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