This letter is in response to recent articles (battery charges while under the influence of drugs, indictments, meth bust, opioids crisis) and their questions and statements on marijuana, child pornography, etc.
Today we are seeing the results of seeds planted years ago. Over 70,000 opioid deaths in just one year! Thankfully, there are many who purpose in their hearts to plant good seeds in our community. How have we come to the place that we need ALICE in our schools?
How ironic that we have to set aside money for public education on substance abuse after others allow the abuse and encourage it in the first place.
Jesus said: “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24) We have many farmers and churches in our community. Some understand the concept of sowing and reaping, while others seem ignorant of it. Flimsy and feeble statements such as “Like it or not, it is already here” and “Only good things could come from a dispensary” are bad-seed statements.
“You have a choice to do the right thing” (for the sake of our children) and “We’re a community that tries to stay ahead of the game with drug prevention” are good-seed statements made by Tom Root.
You have a mayor saying you could fund the police, the very ones who are trying to prevent and take a stand against the bad seeds being planted that cause the problem in the first place. It’s like saying, let’s start a fire, exploit it and then use the money to put out the fire we create! Pointing out that the money made could help fund those who are trying to put the fire out is an oxymoron statement.
You have a former police chief saying, guide our children in the right direction, and a mayor who seems to be agreeing with the statement, “Like it or not, it is already here” and allowing the problem to continue to worsen instead of embracing preventative measures.
We don’t want to be a community hiding behind a facade, an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or less creditable reality.
“Little children say and do as they hear others say, and see others do; so easily do they imitate; and therefore great care must be taken to set them good examples, and no bad ones. Children will learn of those that they are with, either to curse and swear, or pray and praise.” — Matthew Henry
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! The question, “Who do we have a moral obligation to,” is a good soul-searching question put before each one of us. It is God who has given us a moral compass! Romans 14:12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of themselves to God.”
Ted Roberts, Princeton