Soul Searching
At this time of national soul searching, it seems as though everyone is coming up with
some reason for the malaise of violence and wanton disregard for human life.  Although
violence in the media, firearms, dysfunctional families, racial and religious hatred and a
host of other reasons are editorialized and popularized on talk shows, there is a basic
philosophical reason.  After all, we are what we think, and what we think determines how
we view ourselves and each other.
Either we view ourselves as created in the image and likeless of God with intrinsic value
and worth, or we view ourselves as some cosmic accident.  If indeed we are merely
material accidents, then nothing in the universe is of any more or less value than anything
else.  Humans and grains of sand somehow happen with no more meaning or value than
that they exist.  Because humans happen to be on top of the evolutionary ladder is still
purely accidental.  Any philosophical contrivance of meaning or value coming from this
view is totally artificial.
If everything in the end is merely sucked into the black hole of meaninglessness, why
then is peace any better than war, or non-violence any better than violence, or love any
better than hate, or humans any better than a grain of sand?  There is no answer to this
question if we are merely cosmic accidents.  If, however, we are created by God and
answerable to Him for our actions, then there is every good reason to act in a manner
which is respectful and considerate of others.
Education without God only turns out more clever devils.  If we think we can adequately
prepare the next generation without biblical education, we are only deluding ourselves. 
Our forefathers have handed us the torch, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all
men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  If we fail to
pass this torch on to the next generation, we contribute to their peril and to ours.