This past week I read two articles that I found very interesting. They are vastly different, but the differences serve to point out what SHOULD be important in our life versus what we have let become important.
The first article was about a reception in Washington County, Va. The event was a meet and greet event, during which incoming and outgoing board members were briefly honored. The event was held at the Southwest Va. Higher Education Center, at a total cost of $2,617.38.
The second was an article stating that the Pentagon revealed that some partial, incinerated remains of 9/11 victims that could not be identified were sent to a landfill. The report was made by an independent committee that had been asked to investigate practices at the military’s mortuary at Dover, Del., the first stopping point for the fallen troops coming home from war overseas.
The number of victims involved was unclear, but the report said the remains were from people killed when a terrorist-hijacked airliner struck the Pentagon, killing 184 people, and another crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing 40 in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Has our integrity and duty as a people become so obsolete that having a good time has become uppermost in our lives, and regard for our brother has become mundane? I know one thing, if my child happened to be one of the discarded humans that were in the dead, dumped like so much garbage in a landfill, I would be irate! And as a Christian and My Brothers’ Keeper, I am incensed on behalf of the humans that are in that dump. Why couldn’t the government at least put them in hallowed ground in a cemetery, instead of a landfill with the garbage? What are we becoming as a nation when we are unconcerned at the atrocities happening around us, and our top concern is wasting money on trivial pursuits? Our priorities have changed drastically and we are becoming a people whose hearts are waxing cold to our neighbors plight.
We have prided ourselves as being a God fearing nation with honor and integrity, with love and concern for our fellow man and God at the Helm. We are fast becoming a Godless nation with concern for no one but ourselves. We can’t change other people, only they can do that. But we can change our self. Each journey begins with one step. May Our Heavenly Father have mercy on us all if we don’t start changing the things we can, and become a Christian nation in action instead of words.

Barbara Pennington Poe
Shady Valley, TN