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So, what’s next?

December 17, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor ( , The Herald-Star

"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." - Psalms 147:3

We can ask "why" all we want and will never get an answer.

At least, not one we will ever understand - until that day.

That day when we stand before God after our life on earth is over.

Only then will we truly understand.

We can talk all we want about stricter gun laws, about the NRA and anything to do with mental sickness and bullets, but it goes much deeper than that and we all know it.

We all may not completely acknowledge it, but, in our hearts, we know it.

We cannot continually be surprised that the more and more we have kicked God out of the public forum, out of schools without prayer, the more and more we as a society have pushed him away, and most times, not so gently, that terrible tragedies like the most recent unthinkable act in Sandy Hook, Conn., will happen.



Virginia Tech.





Fort Hood.

West Nickel Mines School.

Wedgewood Baptist Church.



San Diego.







Unfortunately, the list goes on.

To me, this is not a Second Amendement thing or a mental illness thing.

We don't value life.

I first heard about a school shooting when a 16-year-old opened fire on an elementary school across the street from her house in San Diego on a Monday morning in 1979.

Two adults were killed and eight students injured.

A song was made out of her reason for the shooting.

The shootings haven't stopped.

We don't value life.

We have been an evil society for a really long time and it's waxing worse and worse.

We are a selfish society.

We are a rebellious society.

You just have to watch television to figure those out.

If you want to know how selfish our society really is, attend any sporting event at any age level and you will quickly find out.

"My daughter."

"My son."

My. Me. I.

Adults get kicked out of sporting events on a regular basis and it's all due to selfishness.

And, then you wonder where their children get it.

Being a member of a team is no longer good enough.

It's all about playing time, points and shots.

It's about a team going 0-for and placing all the blame on the coach.

The talent of that said team really doesn't matter to most, if not all.

If your team does not win, it's obviously the coach at fault.

But, it's not just in the athletic arena.

See how kids act in movie theaters, grocery stores, restaurants and the mall.

Then you see the same parents standing at the front of the checkout line, whether it is at Subway or Wal-Mart or Riesbeck's, talking on their cell phones, not giving their full attention to the person on the other side.

Of course, when that same adult doesn't get the full attention of the person they are talking to, they get offended.

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." - Acts 5:29

Twenty-six innocent people died on Friday.

Twenty of the 26 were first-grade students.


The adults were Rachel DaVino (29), Dawn Hochsprung (47), Anne Marie Murphy (52), Lauren Russeau (30), Mary Sherlach (56) and Victoria Soto (27).

So, where do we go from here?

Well, too many people will stand on their sides of the aisle and talk about gun control, or lack thereof, and what we must to do curb that type of violence.

Others will talk about mental illness and that is where we need to start with this type of unthinkable tragedy because "normal" people would never do this.

Yes, both should be talked over and something should be done.

This is where people on both sides of that aisle need to look at our future and not just in the mirror and what other Republicans or Democrats are saying.

This is a heart issue.

It's about enlarging that heart to add more than just "I. Me. My."

We need to add "Everyone Else."

That enlargens our heart.

Negativity has to end.

Negativity shrinks our heart.

I am not saying everything is rosey at all times.

But, as a society, we have to quit whining about everything and begin to figure out answers.

It's hard to find answers when everyone is complaining.

We need to get out of our own ways and figure out how to help others.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight:" - 2 Corinthians 5:7

All of these acts are about humans not caring about humans.

We don't value life.

Violence is second nature to our kids today like a recess game of dodgeball was to my generation.

Our access to violence as a soceity is sickening, scary and unprecedented.

But, people have to act on that violence.

We don't value life.

I really don't think the youth of today fully comprehend that their actions effect more people than just themselves.

You see, not only did the actions of one person alter the lives of 26 families, he also altered the lives of his family.

His brother no longer has a mom or a brother.

His father no longer has a son or an ex-wife.

Please do not forget those two in your prayers.

Obviously not in all schools, but the value of birth control has replaced the value of God in our schools.

Am I missing something?

Yes, I am.

We are missing something.

God, prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance must be put back in schools.

Will it stop these unnecessary tragedies?


But, it will help our kids understand what is important and, first and foremost, who is important.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" - Jeremiah 17:9

We need to stop excusing poor behavior.

We need to stop making excuse when humanity are punks, regardless of age.

There is no longer a line between right and wrong.

That line was erased a long time ago.


But, it's unacceptable because too many people have allowed that line to continually disappear.

Saying "no" to a teenager is like a sin to too many adults.

Back in my day, there were no such things as timeouts.

It was called a belt.

And, whether you think so or not, I'm OK.

I have no nightmares of a leather belt being cuffed in half and snapped.

Teachers had the power, not the parents.

If a kid brought home a bad grade, it was because the kid was lazy.

If a kid bring homes a bad grade now, it's because the teacher is lazy.

When did this happen?


Kids no longer fail.

Since when did failure become a bad word?

Enough is enough.

I get that.

Who will draw that line back in the sand again?

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah." - Psalms 61:1-4.

I know that 20 sets of parents never get to hold their children again, but Jesus did when they got to heaven.





















"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." - Matthew 5:4

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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