The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 27, 2012

Your View: Accountability

By Dave Spiering
Special to The Globe

LAMAR, Mo. — As both a human being and an American, I am grieved by the tragedy inflicted on so many by the young murderer in Newtown, Conn. My heart goes out to them all.

There are many factors that led to this tragedy, some preventable and some not. First and foremost, the young man who pulled the trigger must bear responsibility, both here and eternally for his actions. But there are many others who have had a hand in molding his character and must also be held accountable for creating an environment that fosters such senseless violence. Let me explain.

It has always baffled me how anyone can claim to find a genuine sense of value or purpose when he accepts the indoctrination that his first ancestor evolved out of a rock. What sense of a healthy self-esteem can exist if we believe that everything in creation is merely the result of a random process of atoms coming together? What sense of eternal destiny or accountability is there if this life is all there is?

How can life have real value when the abortion of more than a million unborn babies each year has both legal and social sanction? And without a moral compass that is greater than the collective and self-centered opinions of  mankind, who can honestly assert that there is such a thing as absolute right or wrong?

Granted, even people who are taught Godly principles can and do, all too often, go wrong. But with the morally bankrupt foundation that now serves as the civics for our civilization, is it any wonder such barbarity seems now all too common? Can banning guns really change the heart, or offer true protection? Yes, one man made an evil choice and murdered 26 innocent people. But to a degree, their blood is also on the hands of all who advocate our modern ethics.

Dave Spiering