Dear KHCS Family,
There are too many
days in our life that ring so similar to Monday, April 16, 2007. We sat
spell-bound as we watched and listen to news reports from a town we
previously had probably never even heard of – Blacksburg, VA. In a
shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus covering 4 hours and 2
buildings separated by three quarters of a mile, the lives of 32 people,
most 18-22 years of age, came to a violent and sudden end.
The resulting emotions
were instant – shock, grief, outrage, disbelief, fear, loss. Questions
abound. Everyone is trying to figure out how this could happen and why
this happened. What would possess a young man to gun down 31 other
human beings and then eliminated the possibility of our being able to
ask him this question by turning the gun on himself? How can a personal
value system get so altered to allow someone to do such a thing? Even
his family and parents released a statement of dismay.
Those in the media who
often try to do our thinking for us were quick to blame a myriad of
usual suspects which we will not discuss here.
Could we not point the
finger when colossal tragedies like this take place on monumental
decisions leaders of our country have made in the last 50 years to
eliminate from our educational system any form of moral absolute code of
behavior and practice?
FACT: In 1962 the
Supreme Court removed the Bible from our public schools. Moral
absolutes were eliminated. Ethical decisions were now based on a
philosophy that everything was relevant. The teaching that a Supreme
Being, our Creator had a code or collection of guidelines by which we
should live was deemed an infringement on our personal freedom.
FACT: The 10
Commandments, a moral code taught in the Bible and believed in by
Christians, Jews and Muslims, are no longer allowed to be taught or
displayed in schools and public places. Is it any wonder our society is
headed back to the days of the Judges where “each man did what was right
in his own eyes?”
FACT: Prayer in
school has been ruled repeatedly as unconstitutional. Praying at
school, in class, at sporting events and other activities has been
eliminated in almost all cases. As dozens of innocent victims last week
faced the barrel of a loaded gun, no one dared to ask if those last,
desperate prayers were unconstitutional or not.
If the lines between
good and evil have been at worst eliminated or at best severely blurred
by these monumental decisions of withdrawal from the Truth, how can we
expect things like the tragic events of last week not to happen again
and again in our society without absolutes?
As bad as things are
getting on some fronts it does give us some degree of encouragement to
see progress on other issues. Last week the Supreme Court, in a
landmark decision, ruled partial birth abortions to be
unconstitutional. Quite simply, this ruling was that a fetus/person
should have protection by the Constitution in the middle trimester of
pregnancy since it has the ability to fight to live during the process
of the termination of that pregnancy. It should also be encouraging
that the most recent conservative appointees to the Court were the key
votes in achieving this victory for the defenseless children in their
mother’s womb who otherwise have no right to choose.
We will update and
inform folks in the Coachella Valley about the Dead Sea Scrolls that
will be at the San Diego Natural History Museum from July through
December. These Scrolls are from Israel, Jordan and Russia. This will
be the most complete exhibition ever given in the world. It’s an
opportunity for Christians to equip themselves with knowledge of
historical facts they can use to evangelize others.
Please keep in mind
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are a part of this ministry which touches the live of many here in the
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partner in both of these areas. Thank you.
In His joy,
KHCS - Joy92
PO Box 2507
Palm Springs, CA 92263