It would be almost impossible to not have heard about the tragedy that took place in Newtown Conneticut where a young man entered into an elementary school and murdered a total of 28 people including 20 small children. It is without question one of most heinous killings that we can imagine of happening simply due to the victims. There are many parents today who have lost their world and their lives will never be the same. I do not generally comment on current news events but merely offer my condolenses and prayers to the victims of this tragedy. The reason for my brief comments is that I feel for these parents seeing that I have three small children myself and two of them being in elementary school. It is difficult to understand why these things happen and quite honestly everyone seems to be arguing about all sorts of political issues whether gun control, better security or even better programs for people with mental illnesses. I am not opposed to discussing these things since I think they will all need to be addressed in their due time but not today.
One thing that I did noticed that is prevalent in the news media is the blaming of God in all this tragedy. The question “Why didn’t God stop this?” or “Why would God allow this?” has been in the news as much as the gun control controversy. Obviously, our “free thinker” friends are all over this and I have heard statements to the regard that if God allowed this to happen or didn’t stop it, then He is either an awefully apathetic God or He doesn’t exist. In other words, God couldn’t do anything because He doesn’t exist or He just doesn’t care. Some Christians have replied to these statements by stating that God had been taken out of the schools hence why would He bother with the schools and all sort of other similar comments have been made. The question that the news medias are asking, even though I believe it is based upon an attempt to ridicule or paint christians and their God as irrelevant, are still good questions. Why would God allow this? It is a difficult question to answer especially in light of God’s Sovereignty over all things and events.
Based upon my Christian worldview, my belief is that God did allow this to happen and there is a purpose in it. The bible teaches that God has an active role in all events even the ones we would deem as “evil” (Genesis 50:19; Isaiah 10; Acts 4:25-27) but has a good purpose in each one of them. I believe men are wicked (Genesis 6:5; 8:21; Ecclesiastes 9:3) to a far greater degree then people understand. There are numerous books written on this subject about the depravity of man and how the hearts of men are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). I also believe that God, because of the wickedness of men, is continously restraining the evils of men (Genesis 20) on a daily basis. There are times however when God simply allows men and women to do what their hearts truly desire. He simply lets go! Sometimes God simply gives us our freedom that we so long for and men act according to the intentions of their hearts. I believe this is to show us just how evil we are. I am of the persuasion that anyone of us could in fact commit a crime such as what happened in Newtown without God’s restraint. While God allows these things to happen, He provides grace to the victims through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is the great comforter and we pray that He will tend to the families of these victims. What Christians must always remember in such tragedies is that God has a purpose that will bring good even while men’s purposes in these acts were evil. What is most difficult for us is if God chooses not to reveal the good purpose which doesn’t always happen.
I also thought as a secondary mention to this post that Douglas Wilson had some good comments in regards to how Christians should handle this tragedy. Pastor Wilson states:
Whenever you have to deal with something like the Connecticut shooting, something that simply crushes the heart, it is important to think carefully before speaking or writing. This is not the time to be debating gun control, drone attacks in the Middle East, and it is certainly not the time to be drawing ham-fisted comparisons to the abortion carnage. The reason for this is that the parents who are broken over this were parents who had chosen life, not parents who hadn’t. This does not mean that abortion is irrelevant to this tragedy, for it certainly is not, but we want to make sure we locate it as a clear point of gospel relevance. Otherwise we just come off as opportunists who are just looking for a chance to haul the topic of conversation over to a particular hobby horse. But in the aftermath of something sick like this, we need to reconnect with the permanent things. If we don’t point to transcendental realities in a time like this—gospel truths—then we might as well sign a peace treaty with the darkness now. (Read the rest of the article here)
Again, our approach in giving answers to the evils that happened must not be political nor controversial but with a care for the people that have lost so much and also with a gospel centred love towards them. Please continue to pray and support those who have lost so much and who’se lives will never be the same!