It is with a grieving soul that I reflect on what happened in Newtown, CT yesterday. Nothing but diabolical Evil would consider killing innocent children. And Evil was in full force yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is one of the challenges to our faith that shakes us to the core. It is simply impossible to understand.
Facts are still unclear. There will be the obvious questions about what drove the gunman to kill family members, and then a school full of young children. Surely there were clues to this kind of madness, and who kept quiet? Between the recent mall shooting in Oregon and now, this tragedy in Connecticut, what is driving these young men to act out against innocent people in such displays of violence and death? We each need to ask ourselves what is responsible for such spiritual deadness and disconnection from other human beings?
My own personal feelings are that removal of God from our schools, societies and families, has left our young people with an emptiness that leaves them feeling isolated. So don't ask, "Where was God?" when we have actively kicked Him out of our culture. When you then couple this with the near-reverance for violent video games that make inflicting violence against another person seem so easy and impersonal, perhaps it is easy to transfer that detachment to an actual person. Acting out their anger and feelings of loneliness become part of the "game".
Many ask, "How could a loving God allow this to happen?" The truth is that He doesn't allow it. He has given us free will, which is another name for freedom. From the beginning of His creation, God gave us this freedom to choose love.
Being All-Powerful, He could prevent any and all Evil, if He chose. But to prohibit all evil, means removing all freedom. This results in robotic human beings, who would then be unable to freely choose love. Therefore, the human race has the incredible capacity to be moral or not. To love or not. The young men in Oregon and Connecticut obviously chose not to feel love towards their fellow man, and made choices that devastated so many lives.
So how can we possibly come to terms with what has happened in the last week or so? Once again the spotlight will be turned on the choice of weapons that the killers used in their reign of terror. But that focus is misguided. Our nation was brought to its knees in 2001 by box cutters, so legislating against these weapons of choice will not solve our soul-less society's problems.
Instead, we need to grieve properly, and understand that every tear shed in these tragedies is shared by God, who lost His own Son to the inhumanity of man. And throughout the mind-numbing pain, we need to realize that Jesus is right there with us, because He has experienced the same. As we cry out in our pain, we remember Him on His knees in the Garden. Our tears are His tears.
In the end, we have no answers as to why these tragedies occur, or how to prevent Evil and its aftermath. We can only offer our love and support to the victims. We can reach out to them and comfort them, as one human being to another, and offer a shoulder to cry on and a heart to share their grief. When the victims are innocent, beautiful children, the sadness is overwhelming. Heaven is weeping this day.
Psalm 119:136 "Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed."