In the last 48 hours, there has been a rash of violence in my hometown which is mind boggling and disturbing....
A 21-year old man is arrested after two children are struck by gunfire into an SUV when a drug deal went bad. One of the children remains in critical condition, with a grim prognosis.
A 28-year old man goes on a rampage in an apparent fit of "road rage", driving at speeds up to 100 mph and ramming another vehicle - with his 1-year old child in the back seat of the car.
A man breaks into the house of his estranged wife and refuses to drop his loaded pistol when police arrive, instead pointing it at officers and drawing fire which results in his death.
And, yet there seems to be an element of evil growing and flourishing here.
Some blame the extreme heat this summer. Perhaps the depressed economy encourages irrational behavior. I am sure there are some socioeconomic factors that factor into the recent surge in crime.
Whatever the cause, though, it is frightening. Discouraging. Disgusting. Has our society started devolving, losing ground against the sweeping tide of corrupt and self-centered behavior where there is no respect or value for human life? Is this trend a passing fluke or is it indicative of what we have come to expect of the world in which we live?
My prayers are with the families involved in all of these situations.....
Those children in the back of the SUV shouldn't have been anywhere near a drug deal - some adult put them into that situation.
That baby's care should not be entrusted to a man who so easily loses control and jeopardizes other lives.
Those police officers never expected to take another man's life when they reported for their shift and their lives will forever be changed because of this man's actions.
I don't have the answers, but I can certainly tell that something is out of whack with our world. Realizing that there is problem is integral to dealing with it, don't you think? Denial will only allow the trend to continue and escalate. Those of us in our safe and snug homes and lifestyles will ultimately find these problems knocking on our own doors. This crazy climate of carelessness and disregard for law and life can affect any one of us in a heartbeat.
I really try not to get up on the soap box too much here on The Porch, but some days, well, it feels like we're living in a Frank Peretti novel. And I want to scream out loud, "Wake up, people!!!"
Okay, stepping down now. But, I would like to hear what you think. Surely I'm not alone in the way I feel about the encroaching craziness of the world.