Forum: Bombings bring out courage, compassion
April 17, 2013 10:02PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:55AM
I’ve been watching television coverage of the bombings that occurred in Boston. As my mind groped for a way to understand such a horrible event, it occurred to me that I was trying to make sense out of something senseless.
Bombings like this represent the evil actions of people whose thinking has been severely corrupted. It cannot be made reasonable. Our hearts can grow heavy as we ponder these things. We may even have moments of feeling hopeless.
But having watched the video of the explosions numerous times, suddenly I was struck with another impression. I noticed that as soon as the explosions occurred, there were people running toward the carnage. People moved into the chaos, trying to help those who were injured or trapped under debris.
As that impression sunk in, I found myself thanking God for those who respond with compassion, goodness and courage. There are people who do what is right, who act with valor.
Yes, there is ugliness and evil in this world, but I am encouraged by the fact that evil will not prevail. God and His goodness ultimately reigns.
The Rev. Dan Marler
First Church of God
Solution is in the community
The problem of violent death among African-American youth in our cities is a national problem rooted in racism, poverty and inequality. It is by no means a problem peculiar to Chicago.
The solution to the senseless violence claiming the lives of so many African-American youth will be found within the community in which these crimes occur. African Americans must assume the responsibility of addressing the problem of youth violence by instituting a program of cultural revolution.
Our youth have been exposed to a culture that negates their history and the group to which they belong. Influenced by the negative images in our popular culture, too many African-American youth are today committing violent acts on an unprecedented scale against other members of their community.
They are now, in a very real sense, carrying on the work of America’s oldest terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan.
Little effect from pop ban
In response to the recent discussion surrounding New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large cups and bottles of pop, I just have one question.
Would this ban get children off the couch and into a park or away from the computer screen and onto the basketball court?
Health starts in the home, and no ban or tax will get people out of their chairs and out the door for a jog.