Opinion: It’s The Culture

By Seth Ian

With the horrific events of Sandy Hook weeks behind us and a national discussion being instituted by the mainstream media I would like to share a few thoughts of my own.

First off, a horrific unimaginable evil like what was perpetrated at Sandy Hook should never be politicized. Unfortunately evil like that is hard to prevent as long as evil exists in this world and while steps to prevent these types of attacks can be taken we cannot abolish evil entirely. What we can do, however, is emphasize the importance of being a society of morality, a society of peace and of kindness. America is a nation of kindness and that is something to be proud of but we should always remember the importance of emphasizing the root of our morals and that is our acknowledgment of The Creator. In the moments before those innocent souls were taken from this world by the shooter one of the teachers is reported to have lead the students in prayer.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee, among others, suggested starting the day with prayer in all schools. To start the school day in a humble acknowledgment of The Creator can go a long way in reinforcing morality. As Rabbi Emanuel Feldman points out, "Mass killings are complex and subtle matters. But transcending all the proposed remedies, perhaps we should give some consideration to bringing spiritual matters like God and His teachings back into the forefront of civic life. Not just perfunctory benedictions at the beginning of athletic contests or of grand openings, but as a daily, living component. It is time to stop being embarrassed by religion."

Reinforcing the culture of morality enshrined in our founding documents and followed by Americans throughout the ages will ensure as President Reagan once warned that "If we ever forget that we are one nation under God we will be a nation gone under" never occurs. As tempting as it may be to dismiss the role of religion in the public sphere for fear of losing votes it’s important to remember how our country came together in prayer in the days and weeks after 9/11 and that prayer was a source of comfort to those who are in need of healing after serving our country overseas.

Morality has always been a part of America’s character and it’s time to embrace that. The root of the economic crises, lack of moral concern for the future generations and a culture or lack thereof promoted by Hollywood which rejects the commitment in marriage and which encourages out-of-wedlock births is Spiritual depravity. While I am not suggesting a theocracy and know that our country was founded on religious freedom, the framers were also aware that essential to our democracy is a public that believes in and acknowledges The Almighty. We can never prevent evil entirely and we can never know why things happen. What we do know is that we can make the world a better place and we should bring God back into the country, our schools, and our public institutions.

President Bush after the worst terror attack in our country’s history invoked the Psalm of Kind David, saying, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil for you are with me.” We must remember that God is in charge and that America is a nation blessed by God. As we face financial hurtles, increased division in Washington and an uncertain future, it pays to remember that the American spirit is nurtured and rooted in our Biblical heritage. Our culture acknowledging and embracing God and humility before Him will lead to an increase in personal responsibility and help our society to continue to be a great superpower and leader in the world community.

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