Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


February 27, 2013

Letter to the editor - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Without God, we live by the sword

With recent shootings in public schools, our government proposes to respond by putting armed people in the schools. Already, there is an officer on duty in our local Social Security office, and security is ever-increasing at entrances to our courthouse.

A time is coming when there will be more security in retail store parking lots, in banks, in every major place where business is transacted, everywhere large numbers of people gather, and airport-like security for major buildings.

We are becoming a people who “live by the sword,” as the Bible puts it. We are descending and not ascending to levels of collective understanding of what it takes to exist successfully as a nation.

Our problems stem from our continual movement away from God. Our nation was founded upon the understanding that God was at the head of it. Our Constitution was written acknowledging that our rights come from God. Our Constitution does not give us rights or establishes rights, it guarantees rights God has given.

God knows, as does our Constitution, that there will be dissenters who do not want God over the nation or them. They choose not to believe in him, and this right — from God — is guaranteed them.

But God cannot be separated from our politics, our government or our nation. Our Constitution is based upon God’s principles, our nation’s business is conducted and our laws are written in reflection of God. The dissenters who object are even now living under such a condition without losing their right to object or their self-chosen identity.

Our current Constitution cannot grant dissenters their desire to remove God from the head of our nation. To do that, a new Constitution would have to be written denying God inspired it, denying everything comes from God. What rights and moral authority we would have would come from that Constitution — or men — and not from God.

Actually, this is what we are doing now, as certain court rulings give us “rights” granted by men and not God.

As a collective people we must begin to do certain things. Put guns in our schools — we have descended that far already — but put God back into our schools as well. Post the Ten Commandments, offer prayer at the start of each day and before all events we would like blessed, offer classes based upon our national Christian concept of religion.

The traditional family core must be strengthened, encouraged and emphasized — we must wean ourselves off of the spiritual emptiness of recreational sexual activities and unmarried cohabitation. Movie and television content must become more representative of God’s values. Individual responsibility as to how to contribute positively to the whole of a successful civilization must be conscious in us all.

There will always be dissenters, but we must move forward collectively and start now to build a new generation that understands life differently than the way we do today. All of the pieces are in place — to ascend or to descend.

When this new generation begins to redefine and reconceive our nation acknowledged under God, then we will begin to see some of our current problems diminish — without the use of a sword!

Jeff Hatton, Greentown

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • LETTERS: State water supply an economic issue State water supply an economic issueIt takes a lot of water to build and grow things, and in Indiana, that’s what we do. It’s why the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation commissioned a new study on water resources (www.indianachamber.com/water). W

    August 14, 2014

  • LETTERS: 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval As a member of the 2012 Tipton County Plan Commission and Tipton County Board of Commissioners, I was involved in the commitments associated with the Functional Devices re-zone from Commercial to Light Industria

    August 11, 2014

  • LETTERS: Where decisions are made willy-nilly Where decisions are made ‘willy-nilly’ Citizens of Tipton County should have the reasonable assurance that local laws and ordinances put in place to protect them will not be randomly abandoned. Instead, some find themselves begging the leadership

    August 10, 2014

  • LETTERS: Double standards in Tipton County Double standards in Tipton CountyI attended the Tipton County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals public hearings regarding industrial development adjacent to the Prairie Acres residential subdivision. Numerous citizens made presentations of

    August 7, 2014

  • LETTERS: Assistance wait lists bedevil employed Assistance wait lists bedevil employedI would like to bring attention to the issues of single-income families. I am about to lose my baby sitter. I was given a generous notice of two months. I signed up for child care vouchers and Early Head Start. B

    August 6, 2014

  • LETTERS: Leaders aren't using comprehensive plan Leaders aren’t using comprehensive planI got to watch two of our planning and zoning boards at work recently, and both times in public hearings they favored an outsider who has not lived up to any promised commitment over the testimonies of Tipton Co

    August 5, 2014

  • LETTERS: School, re-establish teacher-led prayer School, re-establish teacher-led prayer "Complaint ends teacher prayer," headlined the small article. Teachers were having prayer before school-sponsored events, someone complained about their child having to hear the prayer, and the Freedom from Rel

    August 4, 2014

  • LETTERS: A tale of two BZAs in Tipton County A tale of two BZAs in Tipton CountyIt was reported recently the City of Tipton Board of Zoning Appeals heard a variance request for a garage to be rebuilt on an existing concrete pad after the structure burned in May. The owner had to comply with the

    August 3, 2014

  • LETTERS: Concert Series 'beautiful musical experience' Store employees should split prizeSeveral weeks ago, a winning lottery ticket was purchased at one of our larger grocery stores. What I’d like to know is why the upper-management get a large cash prize (which they don’t need) while the employees of t

    August 1, 2014

  • LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s

    July 31, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Heavy Rains Flood Arizona Roads US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller