Family Tragedies Point to Disregard for Life

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, June 29, 2001

Family Tragedies Point to Disregard for Life

A father buries his five children in Houston. Their mother confessed to police that she killed them. A woman and her two daughters are found dead in their car in North Carolina. Was it suicide, or murder? A little girl is kept in a closet for two years before being rescued by authorities. A father shoots his two young daughters, while his ex-wife listened on a cell phone. He apparently was punishing her.

And these are stories that have been in the news only in the last few days. Other stories tell of poor parenting and the warehousing of children in daycare and other forms of neglect, abuse and abandonment.

When we disregard the Author of Life, we then demean the value of life. When we worship the golden calf of success and materialism, we quickly ignore the real value of children and an adult's role in rearing them responsibly.

Look for more stories like this as we forget God and lose a sense of family responsibility, while also losing our ability to discern right from wrong.