Our Misplaced Priorities

There are two stories of great interest and import in the Knoxville News Sentinel this Sunday morning. On the front page is a story about the opioid epidemic in Tennessee and the difficulties of ascertaining the number of deaths from these drugs. The official count is over 1450 between 2011 and 2015, but authorities know that the number could be hundreds of victims higher. I attempted to find a link to this story on the knoxnews.com website and on their Facebook page, but was unsuccessful. Perhaps I’m missing it, but it doesn’t seem to be there. Here is the link to the story as it appears in The Tennessean.

Another story is about the concern that school officials are failing to report incidents of child sexual abuse, in spite of laws that require them to do so. The article cites that over 3000 kids are sexually abused in our schools every year, and these kids are not getting the help they need because these cases are not being reported. Even when they are, however, it seems the police are not quick to act.

But, what is the front page, above the fold, bold letter headline in the News Sentinel? Why, of course, it’s about three dozen people protesting the removal of a Confederate War Memorial honoring those who died in the Battle of Fort Sanders 150 years ago and of the counter-protesters who showed up in far superior numbers.

Apparently, according to the priorities of our media elites and, if we’re honest, probably most of their readers, a protest over a war memorial is of far greater interest and concern than our fellow citizens dying of opioids and our children suffering sexual abuse in our schools and the people assigned to protect them ignoring their abuse.

I ask again, what the hell is wrong with us?

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.

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