Message for the New Generation
It’s not supposed to be like this.
There is not supposed to be any controversy about how wrong it is for a teen-age young adult to kill 18 ten-year-old kids and their teacher in a classroom. It is wrong. Period.
There is not supposed to be a danger of being killed when you go to a grocery store in Buffalo. Another 18-year-old with a killing machine did that; he was a white supremacist and his target victims were Black. He talked a lot about doing this before he did it.
There is not supposed to be a threat to Taiwanese-Americans in their Presbyterian Church, from another immigrant from Taiwan who planned not only to kill these strangers because they were from Taiwan, but also to incinerate the church where they were having dinner.
There is not supposed to be an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation by its neighbor for any reason. Yet Russia invaded Ukraine and claims it is right to do so. There are supposed to be international law and powers to prevent such atrocities.
There should not be a need for the President of the USA to reiterate the country’s commitment to assist Taiwan with military intervention if it is invaded by China.
There is not supposed to be a national movement to control women’s sexuality. But such movements exist in several nations, and have for a long time.
There is not supposed to be the possibility for a large Christian denomination to protect clergy who engage in illegal sexual activity.
These goings-on over the last two weeks are not supposed to be happening. This is not how life is supposed to be. We do not have to put up with it.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dobson posts his weekly reflections on this blog.