We were pre-empted last weekend due to the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the senseless murder of 6 people at the hands of an irrational and deranged lunatic. The interview with Ted Nugent and the segments with Casting Crowns and Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth will be seen in the near future.
The evil actions by an unbalanced madman stirred all kinds of debate; some of it was almost as irrational as the crime itself. People tried to blame talk radio, television, or political speech for the shootings. But as the facts got louder, it was increasingly clear that the killer wasn't acting out a political point of view at all. He was just crazy.
The memorial service on Wednesday night saw commentators trying to determine what kind of impact the President's speech would have on him politically. I was disgusted. Have we no shame? Are we so fixated on the political end game that we can't pull aside from it to simply recognize that the President of the United States was speaking to a nation which was hurting and grieving over the cowardly killing of a 9 year-old-girl, a federal judge, a bright and idealistic young government worker, and some dear citizens who just wanted to talk with their Congresswoman?
The President's speech was his finest since taking office. I commend him for his comforting words, and his ability to bring the nation together by speaking personally and insightfully about all those who had lost their lives. Now to those who tried to speculate as to whether it helped him politically, I say shame on you. What it did was help all of America spiritually and emotionally. Can we not simply appreciate that he’s a father of 2 precious daughters and a spouse, and as he spoke, he did so not only as President, but as a fellow human being who felt grief and pain.
I know some criticized the atmosphere of the arena in which the service was held. I understand the discomfort many of us had for what we thought maybe would be a somber, reflective service of remembrance. But since I was not there, I will not judge the motives of those who were. Truthfully some people eat their soup louder than others, but it doesn't mean the soup tastes different. Some people respond to grief or to God differently than others, but there isn't a right or wrong way. There is a right way however when it comes to sometimes having the decency to put politics aside, cease looking for some hidden agenda, and maybe just finding an answer in the shortest verse in the entire Bible: Jesus wept. And so did we.
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