Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Most Vulnerable

This post isn't exactly going to appear on the marshmallow side of blogging.  Even so, hardly a day passes that we don't hear about yet ANOTHER missing or murdered child in this country.  With each passing report my heart aches as the headlines abound.  A few of the most recent ...

  • Authorities arrest suspect in toddler's death
  • Body of infant found near family home
  • Two year old thrown from bridge
  • Baby abducted while mother sleeps following a night of drinking
  • Infant abducted while mother goes for gas
  • Parents allege an intruder took their toddler
  • Skeletal remains of missing child discovered

There's a lot to be said about these & other heinous crimes perpetrated upon the most vulnerable among us; yet rarely do any of our own news agencies take on anything indepth or meaningful, much less morally-direct by way of an explanation.  That would not be politically correct, or atheistically kind.  It's as though we know these things occur; we're appalled by them, but digging for answers is much-too indicting.  

So I was heartened to see that someone, even someone located far from U.S. turf on European soil probing the subject-matter further ... never mind the fact that they overlooked an opportunity to connect some major, huge dots.   They write:
Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US.
The latest government figures show an estimated 1,770 children
were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009.
A recent congressional report concludes the
real number could be nearer 2,500.  

In fact, America has the worst child abuse
record in the industrialised world.

Good question. 

Another of the their findings?  Nearly half the child fatalities in 2009 were children under the age of one.   Bear in mind, these statistics were taken from 2009. By today's standards, such estimates could well look anemic.  It is not some slippery slope we've found ourselves upon.  No, we're caught dead-center in the gaping maw of a black hole!

You can read the BBC's report on their website (the link is provided below).  They offer a larger picture of this epidemic and quite a few - albeit complex - answers to their own "why?".  I saw nothing about godlessness or virtue -- or the lack thereof. 

How does one describe virtue by today's standards anyway? 

I wonder if ever we will connect these crime-dots to our schizophrenia about public displays of faith, or the seeking of Divine blessing or favor - much less moral laws or Divine accountability?  I wonder if the fact that we have systematically devalued life will ever be cited?  I wonder if these perilous times are indicative of the hope we - and the little ones - have for justice?  

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
Isaiah 5:20

Jesus said,
“Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14

NOTE:  I've turned off comments, asking instead that you take a few moments to pray - not only for the children, but for our country.  To have achieved such notoreity as "worst child abuse record in the industrialised world" is nothing to be proud of ... and this doesn't include even an iota of data pertaining to the hideous predatory sexual component linked to it.  That's subject-matter for even more prayer.

Also, I realize this is the 2nd post in a row with a rant flavor to it.  I'm not so sure the two aren't connected.   

News Source: BBC, U.K.

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