Comment by Christina Ellegood whose sister Nicole Hadley was killed in a school shooting in Paducah Kentucky in 1997.
As they prepared for another day at school, the students, teachers and the parents of students of Marshall County High School had no idea what was ahead.
At the end of the day two were dead, 18 were wounded by a fellow student.
This has become an all-too-familiar scene in our nation. Office parties, night clubs, concerts, it seems no place or no one is exempt. It hits especially hard when it’s an elementary school, six and seven year olds, young people,high school students. I have a teenager in high school myself.
And probably before the last emergency vehicle left the scene there were calls for more gun control and for our government to take action against “gun violence”. I can understand both sides. I live in a state where it is legal to carry a concealed weapon without a license, which I personally think is foolish, dangerous, and outside the scope of what the founders intended in the Second Amendment.
On the other hand a weapon is a neutral object. Its purpose is dictated by the person who wields it. And in my opinion that is the root of the problem in tragedies like we witnessed yesterday and in the past.
What determines our moral compass helps us determine right and wrong? What would prevent an individual who had access to a handgun or other weapons from going to a school with the intent to kill and harm other students? Or going with that same weapon with the intent to do harm?
For many years by intent and design Judeo-Christian ethics, morals, backed by legal decisions have been removed from the classroom. Beginning with the Supreme Court decision to prohibit officially sponsored prayer in 1962, then one year later prohibiting officially sponsored Bible reading. I’m not trying to be simplistic, but maybe the declaration of “do not kill” from a biblical standpoint, might have bearing on someone’s moral compass. Instead we have you may or may not kill, depending on the situation. Millions of babies are a testament to this humanistic reasoning which has taken over our classrooms.
No the real weapon and yesterday’s tragedy and others is a philosophy. A philosophy that would justify the shooting and harm of innocent people. And as we travel further down the road of a nation without God, we will see more tragedies and worse like the one that occurred yesterday.
I would like to offer the following prayer as a response not only to what we see happening in our schools but in our nation. I pray you will join me.
Lord Jesus we pray for the parents, the teachers, the friend’s, for all who were affected by the tragedy yesterday in Kentucky. There will be sorrow and hard days ahead for all of them.
Lord Jesus we also pray for a common sense, proactive approach to these threats. We pray for financial resources for schools for building safety upgrades, for whatever protective measures that need to be in place.
We also pray against the schemes of the enemy, that his plans would be discovered, revealed. We understand that first and foremost this is a spiritual battle and we pray against the spirit of anti-christ that has been allowed to remain unhindered in our schools.
We pray for the hearts and minds of these children, we pray against the darkness, deciet and confusion.
We pray that light would shine in darkness, that Your Spirit would embolden and give courage to Your servants You have placed in our schools, administrators, office staff, teachers, lunchroom workers, custodians, teachers, students to share the truth that sets all of us free.
We pray Your kingdom would come, Your will would be done and even in a tragedy like this You would use what the enemy means for evil, for Your glory and Your purposes