The Youth of Our Nation   Leave a comment

It’s pretty hard not to notice that our country is coming apart at the seams. I’d like to blame it on the Lower 48, but Alaska just arrested yet ANOTHER serial killer, so the whole world is over the falls without a paddle.

Payable Upon Death (POD), a Christian band, foresaw this in 2001.

“Youth Of The Nation”

Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would’ve known
Cause I didn’t kiss my mama goodbye

I didn’t tell her that I loved her and how much I care
Or thank my pops for all the talks
And all the wisdom he shared

Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday, the same routine
Before I skate off to school

But who knew that this day wasn’t like the rest
Instead of taking a test
I took two to the chest

Call me blind, but I didn’t see it coming
Everybody was running
But I couldn’t hear nothing

Except gun blasts, it happened so fast
I don’t really know this kid
Even though I sit by him in class

Maybe this kid was reaching out for love
Or maybe for a moment
He forgot who he was
Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was
I know it’s because

We are, We are, the youth of the nation

Little Suzy, she was only twelve
She was given the world
With every chance to excel

Hang with the boys and hear the stories they tell
She might act kind of proud
But no respect for herself

She finds love in all the wrong places
The same situations
Just different faces

Changed up her pace since her daddy left her
Too bad he never told her
She deserved much better

Johnny boy always played the fool
He broke all the rules
So you would think he was cool

He was never really one of the guys
No matter how hard he tried
Often thought of suicide

It’s kind of hard when you ain’t got no friends
He put his life to an end
They might remember him then

You cross the line and there’s no turning back
Told the world how he felt
With the sound of a gat


Who’s to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say
It don’t take away the pain

That I feel inside, I’m tired of all the lies
Don’t nobody know why
It’s the blind leading the blind

I guess that’s the way the story goes
Will it ever make sense
Somebody’s got to know

There’s got to be more to life than this
There’s got to be more to everything
I thought exists



Eleven years later, we’re living it. Why?

I don’t have all the answers, but I have a few.

  • We’ve deified nature.
  • Animalized mankind.
  • Mythologized God.

It’s really pretty sad to think this way, but it’s what I see. I watched Avatar with my 13-year-old son the other day. Great movie, wonderful graphics. The plot centers around a society that worships nature and nature responds. It’s presented that, if we were all just in balance with nature, all would be well.

Someone shot up a Connecticut school today. The president’s spokesman offers gun control as an answer. Really? You think that’s a solution?

So, somone hasn’t got a gun and wants to kill a bunch of people. Do you think not having access to guns is going to stop that person from fulfilling their desire? Of course not. Israel Keyes, that recent serial killer in Alaska, didn’t use a gun. A friend of mine who served Special Forces in Vietnam tells me a satchel charge kills as many people as a gunman and it’s not that hard to make.

The solution is not going to be found in a government program that further restricts the constitutionally protected liberties of this nation. It’s going to be found in giving people a reason not to blow up a building or shoot up a crowd.

It’s found in recognizing that nature is a beautiful thing, but it’s not more beautiful than human life. It’s found in recognizing that mankind is a step above the animals and is therefore responsible for our actions. It’s found in inviting God back to the center of societal conversations, providing all of us with an understanding that someone besides us hears our thoughts, feels our pain and bears our anger. More than three thousand years ago one of the writers of Proverbs advised beleivers to “Be angry, but do not sin.”

There’s a lot of things in this world that makes us angry and some of them are things worthy of anger. Anger can motivate us in ways that adds energy to our efforts. Without self-governing restraint, however, anger can lead to school shootings, improvised explosive devices and strings of dead bodies across multiple states. And, in our world today, I submit, we’ve set aside self-governance because we’ve set aside an abiding belief in God and all that He can teach us.

Posted December 14, 2012 by aurorawatcherak in culture, Faith, Morality, Violence

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