I’ve struggled with what to write, whether I should write at all about the Newtown shooting. It seems to be human nature to try to make sense of the senseless, to find something or someone to blame.
I don’t want to give honor to the one who committed an act of evil, for we are giving honor to him when we focus on him. The Bible says we are not to even speak of deeds done in darkness [darkness of the soul, evil deeds]. Our focus is to be on the things of God, as children of Light.
How do we find that light in the midst of such darkness? Where was God when this happened? Why didn’t He stop it?
I don’t know that there are any easy answers to such questions. A long time ago, God created man with a will to choose evil or good. We still have that choice, and tragically, this man chose evil. Innocents get hurt when we choose selfishness and evil over goodness and self-sacrifice.
No, it isn’t fair. Neither was it fair that an innocent Jesus was tortured and beaten and killed for our sins. God watched His very own son die, knowing it was necessary for our salvation.
I hope that I will never experience that kind of horror. Against their will, the families of Newtown have. How painfully ironic that they would experience a taste of God’s sorrow at this time of celebrating His Son’s birth.
This tragedy isn’t ultimately about gun control or mental illness or school security procedures. It’s about the condition of our hearts. If evil fills our hearts, it overflows into our actions. If love fills our hearts, kindness and generosity overflow. We can’t legislate love. We need Jesus, who is Love, who is self-sacrifice (literally), who is the source of peace and comfort and yes, even joy, in the midst of tragedy.
My prayers are with the families of Newtown, for healing of hearts and minds. That they will reach out to God, who truly feels their sorrow and pain, and experience His comfort and peace.