Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Penn State, Mississippi, and The Decline of Western Civilization

A man by the name of Edmund Burke once said "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  How true that is.  It is not only true in that evil goes forth when good men sit and watch but also true in that those good men become just as evil by doing nothing.  This is particularly true when it comes to our children.  How many stories does one have to hear about people standing idly by while children are hurt, abused, and even killed.  For anyone who could have stopped something so horrible as happening, that blood is on their hands as well. 
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 18:10 NKJV
Two stories in the news right now are really disturbing to me.  The first is regarding Penn State University and the child rape accusations against one of its football coaches and the ensuing cover up.  So far, other than the perpetrator, two men were arrested for being part of the cover up and a legendary head coach has his job on the line for the same.  The fact that these men could know something is going on and yet do nothing other than talk amongst themselves is utterly and completely disgusting.  It is past disgusting and I believe that all three are just as guilty as whatever happened to those boys as the man accused of doing it.  They did not commit the acts, but they failed to act and knowingly allowed it to continue.  Sadly, one of those boys has killed himself.  That blood, in my opinion, is on their hands.  Even worse than those who covered it up, is the witness.  This was found out originally because someone actually witnessed it happen.  Someone saw a young buy getting literally raped by an old man and instead of intervening and rescuing that child, he set up a meeting with the head coach.  Are you kidding me?  He did not even call the police!  He did the legal minimum of notifying his superior, who did his legally minimal duty of notifying his superiors, who covered it up.  God put each of them in a position to rescue that child and each of them did nothing and it is to God that they will ultimately give an account. 

These sad excuses for "good" men who did nothing allowing evil to triumph are not isolated cases.  It seems as though we have become a society of selfish cowards who would rather not get involved than rescue a child.  A friend of mine posted a video on Facebook a few weeks ago.  This video was done by a news program and set up a staged child kidnapping on a public street with hidden cameras.  What would happen is that a man would walk up to the little girl (who was an actress), grab her wrist and drag her away, and she was screaming for help and that this man was not her father.  They were out there all day, playing out this same scene over and over again.  Were they swamped with concerned citizens wanting to rescue a child?  Sadly, that was not the case at all.  Only one group and two young black men came to this girl's rescue.  Everyone else just walked by pretending not to hear the pleas for help from this young girl who as far as they knew was in danger for her life.  This is who we are as a society.  How many Catholic priests were shuffled around and allowed to abuse again and again and again to save the church from embarrassment.  How many families have a "family secret" that never gets outside that family for the sake of embarrassment.  How many mothers know their sons or daughter are being abused and allow it to happen just to avoid the embarrassment. 

The other story was that in largely pro-life Mississippi, a pro-life law was voted down yesterday.  This law would have declared an embryo to be a person and therefore would have made abortions illegal.  Where were all those pro-life people in Mississippi? Were they too busy doing other things than to take a few moments to save a child?  Maybe they were afraid of the legal battles the state would have to face.  Or maybe they were just hypocrites. One thing is for sure, they were disgusting.  They had a chance to save lives and chose not to.  Just the fact that we have to have a vote to determine that a human life is a person shows just how miserable society is, the fact that it was voted down makes our filth immeasurable.  Of course, pro-life is a relative term.  There as a couple in Mississippi featured on CNN who considered themselves to be Christian and pro-life, except for when it comes to in vitro fertilization.  Personally, I do not see much of an issue with in vitro so long as you use all the embryos created by the procedure.  You see, oftentimes, many embryos are created but the parents choose how many of those they want to allow to grow up and doctors determine which ones have the best chance.  Eugenics at its finest!  I imagine that their hypocrisy is reflective of a greater hypocrisy resulting in a largely pro-life state failing at their chance to stand for their beliefs in more than just a poll. 

Our nation is ripe for judgement.  Our government has rejected Israel.  Our entertainment has rejected righteousness.  Our courts have rejected God.  Our society sits by allowing the abuse and slaughter of our children.  There are many who turn against God wondering why He allows such horrible things to happen to children.  What they fail to realize is that it is not God who allows it, but we who fail when God puts us in position to stop it. We are to blame, not God.  We are the ones who know something bad is going on and do nothing to stop it, hoping the next person will maybe do something.   It is the hypocrite who is against the death penalty for a child killer but does all they can to ensure mothers can kill their unborn children.  It is the hypocrite is says they are pro-life until they have a chance to do something about it.  It is those men who talk tough about wishing to get a chance to confront a child abuser but pretend to not hear the cries of a child when they finally get that chance.  I pray for our nation, I pray for our repentance before God has had enough.  Quite honestly, the fact that He has not had enough is a testament to just how awesome His mercy is. 
Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire [for] burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind), therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "that this place shall no more be called Tophet or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.  Jeremiah 19:4-6 NKJV

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