Today I read about a Latter-day Saint bishop in central California who was shot and killed. It appears a total stranger entered the church building, asked where he could find a church leader, and proceeded to the bishop’s office where he shot, several times, and killed the bishop.
I think the wild west – the frontier – was safer. At least back then, it wasn’t all that uncommon for people to carry a gun for self-protection. Today, we’re not only bombarded by evil people trying to peddle their evil ways claiming they are good, but we’re stuck in a situation where we dare not protect ourselves in fear of retaliation.
If I may illustrate this point.
What if this bishop, upon seeing the man draw his gun, reached into his desk drawer, pulled a gun, and killed the would-be assassin?
Could you imagine the news headlines?
Mormon Bishop Kills Man
Of course, the bleeding-hearts would be all over the story. They would make a martyr out of the would-be assassin.
Yesterday, a father of six boys, a husband, a bishop of a LDS ward. Dead. Shot in the house of the Lord by 47-year-old Kenneth James Ward of Modesto, California. What a sad and tragic incident.
It is also tragic that Mr. Ward was shot and killed in shoot-out that followed Ward’s phone call to the police identifying himself as the shooter. Suicide-by-cop probably saved the tax payers the expense of a lengthy trial, but we might not ever know Ward’s motivation to do what he did.
Equally sad are comments being left on news web sites. Comments along the lines that this was deserved by Bishop Clay Sannar because of the church’s role in Proposition 8, or that the church is a cult, or we are not really Christians, etc. Some have even posted such heinous comments regarding prominent LDS figures and that they are to blame for this tragedy.
So, please, if you see such comments, stand forth and stand up for what is good and right. Call those who are so insensitive to repent and feel shame for what they are doing in light of this tragic event. I will not dignify them by reposting what some of them have written, but it is purely shameful and sad.
I guess the best we can do is remember Clay Sannar’s family and friends in our prayers.
Yes, the frontier seemed safer than the world we live in today.