America, the land of dreams, anyone who ever wanted to be someone would aspire to come to this country. Growing up in a country like India, I have seen my share of people who wanted to go to the USA to study, work or settle down. One in every family I knew, had someone or other, living in the United States. It became a matter of pride and prestige to have someone in your family living in the US. As long as I can remember, I could hear my friends, colleagues, acquaintances, plotting and planning to move to the United States to “live the American dream”. If you look at the statistics, you can see that a large number of people that immigrate to the US are Indian. Why? Because of the hype, because we think America is better, because we feel that US is a land of opportunities.
Very true, America is indeed a land of opportunities. No other super power in the world, can offer you so many opportunities to get shot or killed, due to ignorance, racism, religion and hate, be it in a school, airport, concert or even a church. I still remember, when I first moved here few years ago, I was thrilled to be living in a Christian country. After being born and brought up in a country, where we were the minority, it was refreshing to live in a place where there was a church on every corner. I remember the happiness I felt, the first time I heard the Gospel song play on the radio…something which never happened in India. I used to think, that America was a Christian country, I don’t think that anymore.
The words, “Under God, One Nation” mentioned in the American pledge of Allegiance, probably mean nothing to most Americans. Which God are these people referring to? Because if it is the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God who made you and me, then I am certain that there wouldn’t be this much gun violence.
Yet another school shooting, children being shot in a place they were supposed to be safe. So now, we will see candlelight vigils, prayers for the families, offers for donation, Facebook pages dedicated to the victims and everyone and the media criticizing the government for their policies on lack of gun control. So, for a week, we will see all of these floating around the internet… and then, 7 days later, it is back to square one, till the next time a shooting happens at another school, or another church or another airport.
Wake Up America! What kind of a Christian nation has America become? Living the American Dream, is starting to seem a lot like getting yourself ready to be shot and killed in a place where you least expect. What kind of education are we providing to our children, who think it is okay to pick up a gun and start shooting? What kind of families is America raising, where a 17 year old, who is not even old enough to drink, is now old enough to shoot? Wake up America, before it is too late, before children are forced to become adults before their time, before America becomes hell on earth.
What kind of message is this nation supposed to show the world? Aren’t we Christians, called to live by Example? So, what example is this country showing to the world? That gun violence in schools is okay? That people should now be scared of going to the church? Or a Concert? If everyone who has depression or mental disorders, pick up guns and shoot, what kind of world are we living in? I am by no means, belittling anyone suffering from depression, or mental anxiety… but how does killing help? Where is the justice in that?Why isn’t this nation doing more to help depression, suicide and mental disorders? Why aren’t we?
Wake up America… Wake up, before it is too late. The statistics speak for themselves.
I am deeply sorry to every family who has lost someone to this unnecessary gun violence. I am truly sorry to every parent who has lost a child in unnecessary school shootings, to everyone who has lost a loved one in concert or church shootings. I am truly sorry, that nothing has been done to make this nation safer. I am sorry that, all we do, is post messages on the internet and offer up meaningless words of condolences. I am angry, that each one of you who has been affected, has to go through this, through no fault of your own. I am livid and furious that no matter what happens, nothing will change in this country, because American laws and policies, make it impossible. I am sorry for each and every loss you feel, for the rest of your lives and I am deeply sorry that nothing will ever compensate you for it.
I believe in a true God and I pray for each one of you to find some measure of comfort that will sustain you for the rest of your lives, till you meet your loved one in heaven. It is all I can do, and I am saddened that I cannot do more. That nobody can do more… that this nation cannot do more for you.
Rest in Peace, all the dear ones who have lost your lives to unnecessary gun violence. Heaven has gained new angels who will forever live on, in our hearts.