The reality of what took place in Boston is starting to sink in a little more deeply. The loss of life in such a dreadful attack stirs emotions in a powerful way. More and more people being interviewed seem to be leaning toward seeking revenge upon the person or persons responsible for this horrendous act. My concern is that this type of attitudinal approach will tend to fuel the cycle of violence in which we find ourselves rather than promote the peace and justice for which we long.
Violence is a troublesome aspect of life in a multitude of circumstances. Taking attention away from Boston and moving to Philadelphia where the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell is taking place, it is mind-boggling to see the lack of coverage from the mainstream media regarding this case. The trial has been underway for weeks, and if it wouldn't be for pro-life websites there would be almost no coverage of it at all. Dr. Gosnell has been charged with seven counts of first degree murder and some absolutely gruesome details surrounding the charges have been depicted during the testimony. Yet, since it involves abortion, the whole affair has been essentially swept under the rug by much of the liberal media. It seems that in our culture we only experience outrage at certain types of violent actions.
How do we as a society regain our respect for the dignity and sacred value of each human life? It appears that it will be a monumental task to turn things around in our country at this point in time. One thing is for sure. We, who call ourselves Christians, are being challenged to live our lives in a way that is consistent with what we profess to believe. Faithfulness in our actions will give greater moral credibility to our words when we speak about the sacredness of life.
We are filled with HOPE because we are children of God. During this Easter season, may we continue to grow in union with the risen Christ!