I’m no apologist for child abuse, but I think we’re going overboard with the public witch hunt directed against someone like Adrian Peterson, who has admitted he did wrong, has talked to a psychologist, and is awaiting resolution through the legal system. Is anyone else uneasy with the overwrought national shaming that goes on, week after week after week, first on this issue, then on that issue?

Let’s face it: As bad as Peterson’s actions were–and they were indeed wrong–much worse stuff happens every single day in this country, and yet there is no national campaign directed against any of it. Think about the fact that 90 percent of the unborn diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, or that sex trafficking occurs on the streets of our own cities, or that Americans feel more vulnerable to a terrorist attack than at any time since 9/11.

The fact that we are able to expend so much energy on whether Adrian Peterson will suit up this weekend is more than a little unsettling. It’s almost as if the country is ruled by its emotions rather than its reason, its passions rather than its principles.

Come to think of it, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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