I still remember the day in second grade when a boy named David, who sat 1 row over to my right and 2 desks ahead of me, suddenly slumped over. Our teacher thought he fell asleep and yelled at David, but there was no response. She went to him and shook him and still no response. She ran out of the room to school office and returned shortly with the school nurse. A few minutes, ambulance workers carried David out of the classroom (this was long before the days of paramedics). The next day at school, we were told that David was dead. We found out that he died from a massive heart attack. We cried for David and our loss but we quickly got over it and went on with our lives.
In junior high school, a boy in two of my classes was killed in an auto accident, along with his younger sister and mom. We prayed for them, briefly mourned our loss of losing a friend and then we moved on with our lives.
In high school, my three best friends were killed in an auto accident. They were in a car together that was struck by a drunk driver who was speeding and who ran a red light. The loss hurt, but we moved on with our lives.
In all three of these events, there were no grief counselors at the schools to console students.
In today’s America, grief counselors are on hand for every tragedy and loss. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a number of grief counselors were on hand when classes finally resumed.
Locally, a student died from cancer and the school had grief counselors to help the students. At another school, a student was speeding, lost control of his car, hit a tree and died. The next couple of days, the school had grief counselors at the school to help students cope. Another incident, a car with several teenagers was driving too fast on a wet road, lost control, went off the road and rolled over. Two girls were thrown from the car and killed. The car rolled over one of the girls killing her and the other sustained fatal injuries from being ejected from the car. The next few days, the high school had several grief counselors on campus to help the students cope.
We’ve also heard that some businesses have brought in grief counselors for their adult employees after a shooting or other catastrophe.
Why is there a sudden need for so many grief counselors today as opposed when I was younger?
The answer is simple, but one most people don’t want to hear.
When I was younger, America still had a strong Christian foundation. The majority of the American people were Christians and understood that death is a natural part of life and that it is the product of sin. They also knew that God is not to blame for tragic deaths, but that it’s caused by a sin cursed world as the result of man’s sin.
Today, there is little left of America’s strong Christian foundation. We are no longer a Christian nation and many people who claim to be Christian today believe in a compromised and weakened Christianity and therefore have no concept about the reality of death. Death is more frightening and people don’t know how to deal or cope with it or explain it. Many try to blame God out of their ignorance and unbelief and this is why the presence of so many grief counselors on school campuses and businesses is a sign of America’s moral and spiritual decay, both of which are leading our nation down the path to destruction.