I'd like to break from our regularly scheduled program to talk about the recent killing in Duncan that has made national news. The people of Duncan are horrified and saddened by this useless murder of an innocent young man. Normally, Duncan is a a quiet little town with very few problems - a good place to raise your kids. But we do live in an evil world with godless people. Evil happens everywhere. We are just shocked when it happens so close to us. It is the reaction to such evil that seems to say more about Duncan than the actual murder.
When the three young boys decided to take a life, they did not realize how many lives they were actually taking - their own lives as well as all families involved. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Christopher Lane. In a different way, my heart is sad for the the families of the young killers. And my heart is sad for all of Duncan - for the fear and the hate that it has caused. Hopefully, those who have love will overcome.
Last year a young 16 year old girl was murdered in Velma - another senseless killing. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Earlier this summer another young teen girl was killed by an ex-boyfriend. Do not think that evil cannot happen in our town. Evil is evil anywhere. Be aware. Be alert. But live your life in fear of God, not man. I don't know what else to say or do. Sometimes I think that the "it can't happen here" or the "my child would never..." are two of our biggest problems.