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Under Heat the Death of a Child
by Jeff Houdyshelt
08/02/12
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The past 24 hours, has been filled with remorse and sadness as three young children have died while being left in a sweltering vehicle while the parents were shopping or doing other activities. This is not only a serious crime against manís law, but also a violation against the health of your eternal soul. As adults we have a solemn duty to those left in our charge.
We are not only responsible for their well being, but their souls. As a society, we cannot afford to lose our children in this manner. Nor can we afford to lose those responsible to a life behind bars. Whatever the outcome of these two cases, our society has lost at least five people. That loss has come at an unbearable cost.
Every summer in the Nashville area, we lose children in this manner. What does it take to teach our parents and guardians good common sense and responsibility. How can we instill moral turpitude to our adults. What must be done to stop this senseless tragedy from happening year after year?
It may take two to three minutes to ensure that we remove all children and pets from a potential death sentence. Is the cost worth the carelessness we demonstrate in those 180 seconds; a small minute fraction of a lifetime.
One young child that died yesterday was left in the car because the parent needed to buy a few things at the store. What is so invaluable that you subject your child to temperatures in excess of 180 degrees? What is so needed that you sentence your child to death? What item can be so much more precious than that our your beloved child?
The answers to those questions are left to each adult that chooses to leave their little oneís in those death traps. We could pass judgement on those responsible, and I am confident that our local media will take care of that fact. I am more concerned with educating those that may choose to make the wrong decision.
I am more concerned with their eternal damnation rather than putting them behind bars.There is no sentence a judge can impose that will be greater than the one pronounced by God and the responsible party themselves. We cannot just simply lock them up and throw away the key. This will serve no greater punishment than the one placed by the offender upon themselves.
We should be praying for the souls of those children and the adults that chose to end their childrenís lives. The act was careless and senseless but will the act of placing them behind bars minister to their lost soul or bring back the lost lives? Letís not add to an already tragic loss of life.


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