Christians have at their disposal a tool that can reduce the incidence of tragedies such as one recorded last month in Birmingham. That tool? The gospel message.
On October 11, a Birmingham mother and her roommate decided to go clubbing, leaving a one-year-old girl under the supervision of five other children – the oldest being only eight. Apparently, the eight-year-old boy became upset when the little one wouldn't stop crying and beat her to death.
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America tells OneNewsNow it's always a grievous situation when a child is harmed.
"But you really have to take a moment and understand that we have a fracture in the culture and that we have broken families and broken morality," she says. "And we have to really move into the culture and to give truth and love in Christ."
The mother of the infant, 26-year-old Katerra Lewis, is charged with manslaughter; the eight-year-old boy with murder.
"Listen, if you have an eight-year-old child who's committed murder, there is so much else going on," Nance offers. "I mean certainly there has got to be an in-depth look at what was happening in that family. Why was this child left alone with six children? Why is this child violent?"
While stories of such tragedies cannot be totally eliminated, Nance says they can become less frequent – if Christians will again take the tool of the gospel public, win people to Christ, and convince others to return to the Church.