Caleb Petet
school teacher
Lexington, Mo.

To the editor:
All of us find ourselves shocked, and anguished by the horrible and senseless shooting in Newtown, Conn. We want to know why these shootings are becoming a fixture in our society. There is a root cause of the problems we face in our society. The solution is logical, simple and slapping us in the face if we stop and think about it.

In most cases, the root cause is not being discussed in the news, not being discussed at work or at home. Could it be the fact that today roughly 52 percent of marriages end in divorce, according to Tony Dungy’s book “Uncommon”? Probably not alone, but coupled with the fact that this translates to roughly half of our children being raised in a home without both parents. Since divorce rates and the demise of the nuclear family began to rise, we have seen increased violence and desensitization. We don’t have to look as far away as Connecticut to know it’s true. We will hear about gun control, poverty, drugs, our judicial system, the failure of our educators, etc., but no one agrees on these hot-button issues, and why should they? All of that misses the point!

We group ourselves constantly into smaller factions, instead of coming together. We can no longer reason with one another, because we are so many miles apart. Our government has stopped listening, to each other and to us.
In the Bible we are told how to confront challenges in many forms, we can see in the Bible the root cause of what we are doing wrong now. In Romans 12:2 among other places it says it well: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Think outside what you hear on the news. Evil in our world is not new, the problem is not all of the things we point our finger at and argue about. We no longer try to “understand the will of God” and no longer have any idea as a majority what is “good and acceptable” because we are too busy to learn it. And two parents are not usually there to teach it, even if they knew what to teach.

How we react to the truths of God’s word and strive to do what he asks? We can listen to the lessons in the Bible, take care of our children and realize that raising them to be moral and good is the most important thing we will ever do.