For Real?Posted: August 11, 2010
Let me take a stab at answering my own question here…
One thing it definitely will take is for people to open their eyes to the reality of the lives being led by some of the people involved.
I completely understand that nobody wants to think ill of their loved ones, and certainly nobody wants to speak ill of the dead. But I have to wonder at the sentiments expressed by some when these tragic events happen. Grief is good and right. Every man that falls is someone’s beloved – son, brother, husband, father, etc… But people often cross the line from appropriate expressions of mourning to complete distortions of reality.
It is one thing to respect the grief of those who have lost loved ones, and avoid demonizing the slain.
It is another thing entirely to disrespect the community at large by deifying the often immoral, illegal, and ungodly acts perpetrated by these men in life.
It’s not an easy thing to say, but sometimes somebody has to just say it.
On a related note, it doesn’t help when family and friends turn a blind eye to those actions while the person is still alive. The active involvement of the community is vital to combatting the escalating violence that is plaguing our precious home.
Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good… – Isaiah 5:20