Letter to the Editor

Ready Seth Go

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I must confess the June 19 "Ready Seth Go" opinion piece left me a bit befuddled. Was I entangled in some profound analysis (the "why" of a gunman's recent attack of the Republican Party's baseball team)? Or was I clanking around inside the writer's head, seeking a way out of the jungle? I'm not sure I figured it out, but I have a few observations to share.

The writer chose to focus on comments attributed to our own Congressman King, as well as to Representative Davis (a Republican, I presume). My spin on the matter is that in the aftermath of the horrendous event (a shooter loose, once again), both men were not totally prepared to deliver some politically correct press release. They likely were shaken, upset, angry, and full of thoughts about the likelihood of something similar being their respective fates. I'd wager that at least 85 percent of those hearing the news of the shootings at the ball park had similar thoughts, feelings and reactions. Make no mistake, the shooter had murderous intent, and only the selfless valor of the Capitol Police stopped him.

I wonder, did Davis actually say that he is "enthused" at the prospect of the shooter winding up in hell? For King to declare that he wouldn't be sorry if the shooter were on the way to the morgue does not a bigot make. In my book, what he said reflects a certain sense of moral rectitude, as in "actions have consequences. To imply that both men "delighted" in the shooter "burning in hell" seems a bit of a stretch. Would you, dear writer, not be happy if evil incarnate were eradicated? Have not many in this nation prayed for peace ceaselessly for most of their lives? What if it were your parent on the ball field with a bullet or bullets in him or her?

It seems to me that the Judaeo-Christian ethic that has been taught for over 70 years (post World War II, and our entry into it due to the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor) is articulated as "hate the sin, love the sinner. This is the ideal, the challenge for those who follow Jesus. Only He, from the cross, could gasp "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!" The best that most of us on the journey through life can muster is a mere shadow of that kind of love. We try, but we fall far short.

Yes, we are far from perfect. And I'm also confident that Jesus wants us to be committed to stamping out pure evil, in its many forms and manifestations. I believe those who were quoted regarding the shooting were doing their level best to make some sense out of what had happened, and that they are experiencing the gamut of emotions we all have, courtesy of our creator.

Bill Kersting, Spencer