After the horrible choice made by one man in Denver, CO, Mike Huckabee made a good choice.He announced on his program that he would not use the shooters name. This morning I learned that Barack Obama and Jay Carney have followed suit and made the same choice. Good for them.
Mike Huckabee went a step further. He reminded us of a word that went out of vogue in the media sometime between 1960 and the present. That word is “sin”. Mike is being criticized for saying that we have a ‘sin’ problem. I do not criticize him for this. I agree.
The talking heads can debate gun control and wearing costumes to theaters. We can all question whether the man who ended the life of twelve people and altered the lives of many others is insane or whether he is just evil. Those who knew him can describe his behavior, but the bottom line is quite simple. He was deceived by Satan and committed a horrible sin. America needs to recognize and deal with this reality.
Huckabee also reminded us that we need to mourn for others who are affected by sin; the unborn who are killed in the womb, those who are killed on foreign battlefields, and those who are killed by suicide.
Perhaps Mike’s leadership will start a new precedent. No mass murderer or terrorist name should ever be spoken aloud on the news or in the media. I think we should go a step further and their picture should not be shown unless it is for the purpose of apprehension. Also, we should not be afraid to call sin what it is.
Perhaps Huckabee’s words will remind more parents to teach children what the half-brother of Jesus knew:
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.. James 1:15