“For Children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.” ~ G. K. Chesterton: ‘The Coloured Lands’ ~
Eleven days before Christmas 27 bodies lay dead after a gruesome shooting at an elementary school in Newton, CT. Twenty of the little bodies were innocent children ranging in ages from 5 to 10 years old, slaughtered like sheep by an angry, evil wild beast. The other seven bodies included 6 adults, one the school principal and the murderer who turned a gun on himself after he had finished his gruesome task. Down the road in a deathly quiet home lay the body of the shooter’s first victim, his own mother.
Just what will be justice in this tragedy? And, God help us, what will be the mercy?
The shooter is dead, so there will be no justice there. Fortunately we are not like some countries where known relatives would be dragged out of their homes to pay for the sins of the perpetrator. The mercy for the children? That they knew little suffering. The mercy now is for their suffering families.
On the very same day, in the village of Chenpeng, Henan province, China a 36 year old man carrying a knife slashed 22 children and one adult at the gate of an elementary school. In recent years, attacks on children especially in schools have been on the rise. In 2010 a man in eastern China went into a kindergarten classroom and slashed 28 children and two teachers.
Why and how, you may be asking can this occur in a country like China? A country that is oppressed by communism and isn’t known for liberal gun ownership laws. The why seems to be related to people losing their jobs and feeling left out of any economic boom that might be going on in the country. The obvious how is with knives, but there is a much more sinister how underneath all of these murders and incidents. That particular how is the evil that lives in the Godless heart of mankind.
No matter where the evil lies, there will always be instruments on hand for mankind to carry out their plots of chaos. In Salem it was stakes, fire and crushing people between heavy stones, in Nazi Germany it was death camps of unspeakable horrors. Chechen rebels used a theater and gas as their path to carnage. No matter what you take away from the innocent to protect themselves with, evil will find a way to reign down destruction and horror on the unprotected innocent.
My heart aches for these 42 angels of Friday’s carnage…20 in the USA and 22 in China. I think Lord Alfred Tennyson said it best, so to paraphrase him, “God’s finger touched them, and they slept.”
We have to do a better job of protecting our children…our future. That is where to begin with the mercy…and where our morning light lies…
“Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.” ~ Jean Giraudoux ~
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