Cain killed Abel with a rock

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By Kenny Mitchell


Senseless tragedy after senseless tragedy. Every day there are crimes against humanity, terrible atrocities happening to our children, and acts of hate from small town middle America to Mideast deserts.

Our world has become full of hatred, violence and unspeakable acts.

Evil is evil, wherever it happens.

I got my first gun when I was 7 years old. By the time I was 10 I knew how to use a handgun. From the age of 11, it was routine to spend days and days each year roaming the woods and  plains of Texas with a gun in my hand shooting deer, dove, quail and ducks with my grandpa.

Grandpa had a huge case in his house that was filled with guns. Shotguns, rifles, pistols and boxes and boxes of ammo. There was nothing odd about it then, a lot of folks had the same and did the same.

My grandpa would take me to school with a gun in his truck. Back then, a lot of folks carried guns in their trucks. But, you didn’t hear of anybody using those guns to go on campus and randomly shoot students and teachers. It was not a fear that any of us ever had to deal with in those days.

Sadly, these days are different.

You want to know what else is different? Back in those days, the Ten Commandments hung on the walls of classrooms. There was prayer in those classrooms too, and prayer before the Friday night football game. Try and find a classroom with the Ten Commandments hanging on the wall now.

Sad also is the fact that teachers haven’t changed all that much since back then, just the laws and the rules. Back in those days, teachers prayed with their students and cared about them. They invested themselves into the lives of their students. 44 years after I first stepped foot in Kay Walker’s classroom in Cedar Hill, I am still friends with her through social media. Her husband, Coach Walker too. I also still keep up with my 6th grade English teacher Pam Hogan and her husband Coach Hogan, who both had a huge influence on my life as a student.

You know what? Teachers now are a lot the same. My daughter Allyson, now 26, recently wrote a story for the Tribune on her coach and teacher Robert Kelsoe in Avery. He had the same kind of impact on her life and will most likely still be her friend 30 years from now. Teachers in schools still pray and they still care. They just have to be careful how they do so.

So, in my opinion, it isn’t the guns, the teachers, the schools or the communities that are to blame. It is the years of eliminating values from our schools through legislation and governmental influence. We have cowered down to the proliferation of lawsuits and political correctness. Our schools and communities have become so much less about learning how to be educated and becoming productive model citizens and more about teaching to a test, not hurting anybody’s feelings and milk toast leadership.

Say what you want, but compare the violence to those days gone by when prayer was allowed in our schools, to the days of violence now when it is not allowed.

This is not about guns. The answer is not gun control. Cain killed Abel with a rock. The Oklahoma bombing destroyed lives with common fertilizer. The worst day in our history was perpetrated with airplanes.

It is not the choice of weapon that drives acts of violence. It is the desensitization of killing. It is the vanishing of common decency. And yes, it is the overall general decline of morality, in what once was the greatest, most moral, most God blessed country on the planet.

And we allowed it to happen. We allowed it to happen through our complacency and apathy. Our moral fiber has been slowly eroded away while we sat and watched.

Pastor Todd Reed at the New Boston Chamber banquet Tuesday night quoted the warning of 2 Timothy 3:1 that says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Perilous times are here. What are you going to do about it?

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