Columbia, SC — In his Feb. 15 column, “How to change the enemy that is us,” psychotherapist Vincent Ward correctly noted that all the proposed responses to Sandy Hook will have minimal impact because “Adam Lanza already had a diagnosis but it didn’t predict violence.” The went on to write that his “profession’s ability to detect the next killer is unlikely to improve much.” What refreshing honesty. His corrective measure is to give “soul food” to everyone so there will be no more Adam Lanzas.
The first “soul food” on his diet is the “wisdom” of the elderly. Wisdom truly is the answer, but I Corinthians 2:6-7 contrasts the “wisdom of this world” with the “wisdom of God.” America needs to turn to God so that he will reveal his wisdom to circumvent the culture of violence.
The second “soul food” is grief. In II Samuel 12:15-23, King David fasted and wept for his first child with Bathsheba until the child died on the seventh day. Then he went to the “house of the LORD, and worshipped.” David knew that his child was in heaven and that someday he would join him. Americans need to follow David’s example and get right with God.
The souls of the children who died at Sandy Hook are not lost. They went to heaven immediately. In my mind’s eye, I can see them sitting at Jesus’ feet, basking in the glory of his presence.
Rev. Ronald W. Allen