At times like this we are told we must “come together.”When you think about, we don’t, as a nation, come together much any more except in tragedy.We used to come together as a nation during the Olympics, when we rooted for Americans. But in recent years we are too often lectured about the jingoism in rooting for America.We used to come together as we sent men and women in to space, but we can’t much afford to do that any more and we don’t.When we come together for most sporting events, we find ourselves divided among friends among teams.We come together as a nation every four years to inaugurate the President, but it is as bitter and divisive as every.About the only time we ever come together as a nation anymore is when savage tragedy happens. When men fly planes into tall buildings or gun down children or shoot up a movie theater, we gather, pray, and cry.It is not healthy for a nation that its only acts of coming together are acts of tragedy, or even charity stemming from tragedy.Our nation once shared a God who we all prayed to. Increasingly, the loudest voices in the nation are hostile to that God and those who worship him. The conversation at times of evil is immediately drown out by political opportunists seeking to drive their agenda. The news channels meditate on the nature of gun violence and gun restrictions or what other restrictions or laws can ever be used.We do that, in part, because in times of helplessness it makes us feel like we can do something.But we can do nothing in the face of evil until we confront evil itself.The tragedy unfolding today is not an act of the insane, but an act of evil. That evil may drive the shooter insane, but in focusing on the insanity we lose focus on the evil.There is really real good and there is really real evil in the world. Each time I have written that here on this site a vocal group of secularists and atheists have loudly chimed in to ridicule me for doing so.They’ll do so again. But in this small window America has a real moment to assess why it is that it is careening out of control morally and socially. In that small window, instead of discussing the politics or the laws, we should discuss the evil and the good and the God from whom we have, as a nation. drifted so far.It is not healthy for a nation to only come together at times like this. It is not healthy for a nation to come together at tragedy so far removed from God.
By Erick Erickson | 4:37 PM on December 14, 2012
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