Right now, nothing I have been working on for the blog feels right to post. My heart is shattered as I hear YET AGAIN of another school shooting. I want to take action, and I want my country to take action. Not only that, but I know that I am obligated to take action, because as the Bible says in James 2:17, faith without action is dead.
As someone who has been to far too many children’s funerals because of cancer, I am angry that we aren’t doing more to stop the actual MURDER of children.
As a preschool teacher, I am terrified. We’ve had lockdowns, but will my three year olds actually be able to hide and be quiet enough to not draw attention to our room if this happens here? I feel sick every time we have a lockdown drill.
As a someday parent, it makes me research homeschooling every time it happens. I love schools, I loved school as a student and as a teacher, but can I really stomach the idea of sending my own children out the door each day?
Then it hits me that this could happen ANYWHERE. Yes, schools seem to be the biggest target, but it could happen anywhere. Do I just stay in my house and never leave?
As an employee of a school, it is so frustrating to see blame being placed on us for this because we are either OVER protecting students or UNDER protecting students. We would literally die to protect your child, and that’s something we are forced to think about EVERY SINGLE time this happens and EVERY SINGLE drill.
Do I have opinions on how to cut down on these horrible tragedies? You bet. Do I claim to know all the answers? Absolutely not. But SOMETHING must be done. I’m not sure yet what the best way for me to take action is. With my thoughts and prayers, absolutely, but also with my vote. I need to be better informed so that I can take action. But how do we as individuals take action? All I know is something must be done.
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2:17