I hope you didn't come here today looking for the laugh I sometimes provide, for today I am fresh out of laughs.
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the last lynching that occurred in the US. That lynching happened right here in this town on the Marion Courthouse Square. We are making the news today for the worst of reasons. (follow that link at your own risk, there is an actual lynching photo)
The trees that were used in the lynching have long since been removed so it can never happen again at that spot.
That is not nearly enough.
I grieve when I think of all the cruelty at the hands of a mob that has been a part of our human history. Lynchings are only one example of this cruelty. The Salem Witch Trials, The Holocaust, and genocides in various countries fall into this same nightmare category.
But have we learned?
Have we yet become civilized?
I believe when we allow ourselves to treat another human being with anything short of love and compassion we are only a tiny step away from the brink of such cruelty.
God please help us all.