I am not going to look up any more info on the Newtown CT tragedy; nor am I going to engage in any more debates about God in schools, gun control, or pass along urban legends and/or guilt based chain-statuses (97% won’t repost this etc.) on Facebook.
I will continue to pray for ALL of the families involved, and continue to pray for safety for all of the children in our schools. Some are sneering – “Where is your God now? Why didn’t He save the innocent children?”
To that, many Christians answer rather glibly “God isn’t allowed in our schools anymore!” I see graphics of a sad, yearning Jesus looking at a school building as he says “I wish I were allowed in there…” or some other such drivel. I’m sorry, that is not MY Jesus.
People want to lay blame in the wake of tragedies like this. Christians turn to blaming “liberals” and “atheists” who have campaigned to “keep God out of our schools” and NOW LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED! The fact is – schools are not allowed to force any system of belief upon the students. Jesus said “Lo, I am with you always.” Another blogger wrote:
The ancient Israelite author never said “Where shall I go to flee from your presence? I know – a public school!”
(Note: I do not necessarily agree with the entirety of that particular blog post nor with other content on that site)
The Lord is not boxed in, nor is He boxed out by man made rules. I can’t answer for Him and why He allows human free will to harm innocents. Like Job, I can question Him and be found woefully ignorant should I find myself in His presence.
Could the Lord be rejecting us now that we’ve “rejected Him” for so long? Well, He came to His own people, according to John 1, and they received Him not – and yet, he still died to redeem them. In fact, He came down, knowing full well He would be rejected! He was spat upon, reviled, crucified – and yet, He continues to welcome us into His bosom. Jesus is not a Lord of Rejection – but a Lord of Redemption. Jesus is not taken aback by the 1962 Supreme Court.
All I know is that we live in a world where darkness tries to reign – we live in a fallen world with fallen people who have been carrying out horrors against one another since Cain slew Abel.
Yet, there is a Light, shining in the darkness – the darkness will not overcome it – one day, when the time is right, the Light will shut out the darkness once and for all. Until then, in the midst of all this horrible darkness, we must be bearers of the Light, shining His love around us, not hiding it under a bushel, not throwing pearls before swine in useless arguments; but sharing His love, shining His light – comforting those who are hurting, mourning with those who mourn, weeping with those who weep, laughing with those who laugh.
Portions of John chapter 1 make up one of my most favorite bible passages, but there is comfort and hope woven throughout the entire Bible like a beautiful soothing tapestry.
John 1:1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He existed in the beginning with God.3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it….
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became flesh [human] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
May our Father in Heaven envelope ALL of the people who are damaged, hurting, and in despair tonight with His peace and presence.