I heard about the horrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Twitter and read reactions from friends on Facebook, but I didn’t really get the complete details until reading the story the next night. I teared up thinking about the children crying out for their mothers and wishing for Christmas. By the end of the night all I could do was pray. I prayed for God to heal the parents and families of the children and I prayed Jesus would come back soon.
Unfortunately people like to use these tragic events to further their own agenda. Both sides of the gun control argument are in full affect and mental health supporters are voicing their opinion. Of course atheists are asking the same questions, “Where was God when this happened?” or “What kind of God would let this happen?” By God, I think they are implying Jesus because you never hear anyone ask “Where was Muhammad at?” or “What kind of Buddha would…”
The other night, Governor and former Pastor Mike Huckabee eloquently responded.
Huckabee made some good points, especially reminding those who wish for stronger laws that we already have the 6th commandment, thou shall not kill. As far as answering the main question, he used the same response most Christian’s use: He was gone because you kicked Him out. This is the best response if you want to guilt people into accepting the grace and mercy that Jesus Christ offers.
God is everywhere and everything, we can’t force Him out. He doesn’t have to do what we tell Him to do, He is God not us. Just because on a political and administrative level the bible is “systematically” removed from schools does not mean there aren’t people in the school that have God in them. Non-believers LOVE to use horrible acts as undeniable proof that God doesn’t exist and it I believe it is partly because we are constantly telling them they wouldn’t happen if they accepted God. It is very childish in nature to tell someone that bad things happen to them simply because they do not believe in God, like telling children El Cucuy is going to get them if they don’t do what they are told. Bad things happen to everyone, just like “he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matt 5:45)
If anyone asked me (nobody has, which is why I had to blog about it) my answer would be “I don’t know?!” How can I, or anyone else, be expected to know what God was thinking, the God that created everything from nothing? In fact the bible, as always, say’s it best:
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! 34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? 35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36, NLT
I don’t know. All I know is what the bible and my faith tells me about God. He is loving, He is just, and He is merciful. That’s all I have. No deep, enlightening, profound response. Just faith that in the end He will work everything out.