If this is an honest offer to find solutions, then I applaud him. If this comes from a desire to really deal with the hard questions, then I will nod my head in agreement.
If so, then let me offer some places to start.
We have, for years, systematically stripped our public classrooms of any acknowledgment of God or moral absolutes. Instead, we teach, directly or indirectly, a naturalistic worldview in which there is no ultimate purpose for life. We teach how to use condoms rather that self-control. We reinforce the self-centered belief that it is “all about me”. Is it just possible that this plays a major part in how a culture becomes increasingly selfish and leads to more and more violence when things don’t "go our way"?
That would be a hard question we could address.
Within the public square, we have created the same chilling effect upon those who would speak of God or sin or self-control or moral absolutes. We have created a mindset that every person is free to determine their own truth, their own right or wrong, yet we are shocked when someone actually plays that out in reality.
That, too, would be a hard question.
We have decided that pornography and the production of grossly violent movies and music and video games is a “right” and when we hear over and over again the clear evidence that people play those same violent acts out in real life, we close our eyes and refuse to point out the accountability of the “Hollywood” industry or how to “control” its negative influence upon our nation.
That, certainly, would be a hard question.
We abort millions of little babies and fight for the “right” of the mother to kill them. Have we demeaned the value of life through these public policies such that it contributes to the view that life isn’t that special or sacred anyway?
This would be a terribly hard question.
I suppose we could go on.
But my concern, in listening to the President, is that we won’t REALLY ask the hard questions. I have a sense that, between the lines, this isn’t about asking about controlling our sinful nature, it will be about controlling guns.
It won’t be about asking if we have created a culture of death because of abortion...it will be about guns.
It won’t be about why we have allowed our children's world to be filled with violent video games that make it a thrill to rape and murder and torture and steal...it will be about guns.
It won’t be about music that celebrates violence and sexual abuse...it will be about guns.
It won’t be about movies and videos that glorify self-indulgence, desensitize us to gross violence, debase human life, and blur any distinction between good and evil...it will be about guns.
I hope the President really meant that he wanted to ask the hard questions—the hard questions about “why” our culture is increasingly selfish and therefore increasingly violent.
But I’m afraid we won’t.
I’m afraid it will be the same old political power thing again, dealing with the same old issue that really has little to do with the consequences we unfortunately all suffered from in Newtown, Connecticut.
That will be sad.
Because the hardest question of all…the ultimate question…the question all of these tragedies should drive us to, is the question with the easiest answer:
How do we solve the problem of evil that infects the heart of man?
This is the real question.
The question with a simple answer.
It is found in the One whose birth we have made politically incorrect to mention.
How really sad.