It was a monumental year on many fronts -- ranging from
President Barack Obama's reelection, the unexpected death of
well-known artist Thomas Kincaid, Superstorm Sandy's wrath in the
Northeast, and the unforgettable massacre in Newton,
Death of Thomas Kincade
Shockwaves circulated across the country in April regarding the
sudden death of the artist known as the "Painter of Light." Upon
Thomas Kinkade's death from an accidental overdose of alcohol and
Valium, fans discovered a life filled with darkness and a journey
littered with grief and brokenness.
Regardless of the shadowy elements of the painter's life,
Mel Bilbo, owner of the Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery in
Branson, Missouri, said the store was deluged with shoppers.
"It's a sad time for many people," he told OneNewsNow, "but at
the same time, they're reflecting on how instrumental he was in
making art something for … a lot of people. He touched the
heartstrings of so many."
And as the paint dried on the last chapter of Kinkade's life,
President Obama battled his way into the White House for a second
Deace, a conservative commentator and nationally syndicated
radio host, believes establishment Republican leaders like Karl
Rove, who controlled millions of dollars in campaign funds, needs
to step to the side and allow more relevant voices to emerge.
"I think the worst possible thing the Republican Party could do
is move to the middle," the commentator stated. "For goodness sakes
-- I don't know how much more to the middle Mitt Romney could go,
and he lost; he was killed with moderates in Ohio, the state he had
to win, for example.
"So to me, I think what the Republican Party needs to do is
actually stick to its principles, but change its approach and its
temperament. It needs a more winsome, 'happy warrior' approach --
and it needs solutions."
But just as the political winds of the presidential election
took a reprieve, Hurricane Sandy left thousands homeless in New
York City and other parts of the Northeast. But the Big Apple's
mayor, Michael Bloomberg, decreed a ban on food donations to
homeless shelters that directly impacted hurricane victims.
Cherylyn Harley LeBon, co-chairman of Project 21 of the
National Center for Public Policy Research, contended that
non-perishable food items could have been the difference between
life and death in crisis situations.
"I just think that we are shortsighted, and I also think that
Mayor Bloomberg just does not have the right priorities, simply
put," the Project 21 co-chair offered. "In an effort to be PC, he's
once again moving the citizens of New York City down this nanny
Sandy Hook shooting
As the nation recovered from Hurricane Sandy, a disaster of a
different kind crushed the spirit of Newtown, Connecticut. On
December 14 Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children at
Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Some quickly called for further gun regulations while others
pointed to a moral decay in the culture. Penny
Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America,
recalled her hero and mentor of the Christian faith, Chuck Colson,
who said as moral restraint slips, the more society needs external
"The less that people look to morality and to biblical
principles like Thou shalt not kill and the Ten
Commandments, the more we need the police to keep us all safe and
the more we have to have metal detectors at our schools," she
remarked. "But we have to look right now to our God and to pray for
these families and pray for the other children in the school."
While many Americans faced real hardship in 2012, others
speculated about the Mayan Calendar's December 21 "doomsday"
prediction. Michael Hoggard, pastor of Bethel Church in Festus,
Missouri, warned against the Mayan prophecy.
"To people or ministers or ministries or whoever has bought into
the 2012 garbage, you made God jealous," the pastor told
OneNewsNow. "You went after something that was not even
second-best; you went after something that God specifically said
Don't do it, don't waste your time with it."
So as that day came and it went, many Christians stood strong on
Matthew 24:36, a scripture that states: "No one knows the day or
hour when these things will happen."