I read this heart-breaking letter-to-the-editor from a father who lost his daughter and “best friend” to heroin addiction back in April. I commented in this follow-up-article how “Something is terribly wrong with a society that turns its Churches into yoga centers and private homes, and its children into Big Pharma Dependents!” …For which I was accused of making a “false argument” by bringing religion into the conversation. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…
“Hug your kids. Keep them safe.”
Doesn’t it border on intellectual dishonesty and secular fascism to declare religion out of bounds on matters of human suffering that so clearly result from spiritual depravity and malnourishment? Leaving religion off the table on those things that matter most, is like trying to read a book while skipping entire chapters. What sense would that make? And yet this is exactly what living in post-Christian America has become!
“Hugging our children and keeping them safe” as Mr. Brown advises us to do in a world that rejects the hope, healing and salvation of God’s love, is like sending them out into the pouring rain without an umbrella…or into speeding traffic without the protection of a crossing guard. No loving parent would do such a thing, and yet this is the world we have created for them!
How is it we cannot see the correlation of our rejection of faith with the rising tide of suffering and despair? Who can honestly blame any child for seeking escape from the harsh reality we have created for them? J. Elliot seeks to absolve him or herself by blaming the doctors while distracting the rest of us. Yesterday, I actually witnessed a young woman who will be a high school senior next month, ask her mother if they could please start attending church again. They are hungry for what we have been denying them…J!
Yesterday I wrote on the need to become a “force-multiplier” in order to spread the word. Today I’m asking us to realize that we are consciously depriving ourselves of the greatest force-multiplier in the entire universe! How many more children must we lose to the clutches of addiction before we wake up to our greatest error?