Note: I apologize for this article...in advance, I'm having a hard time keeping my thoughts together and not because I'm having a hard time grasping the situation, not at all. I'm having a hard time because there have been SO MANY horrible things since Colorado that it's almost too easy to form an "Oh what now?" attitude about things such as these. I don't watch the news mostly because it depresses me and though I am NOT a depressive, I do tend to dwell on things more than I should. So I've developed a somewhat detached outlook on things that only keeps me dealing with facts and figures and hardly emotions. But at the moment I'm grasping to say something emotionally helpful and failing at it miserably. Personally I'm ashamed of this post and I'm not sure why it's on the blog but nonetheless I felt the need to post this, perhaps I'll post something more coherent later...
As the media tries to figure out why several children and 2 parents were murdered, citing everything from mental illness, to videos games, to movies, to TV shows and of course guns, we as Christians know the reason why and The Bible gives us a clear reason as laid out in Romans 1:28-32;
"28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."
And that paints a perfect picture of The Newtown Shooter specifically Verse 29 and 30 "Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, MURDER, strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS. And what better way to disobey your parents than by killing them? But we still ask why? Why did such a horrible thing happen? How could such a horrible thing happen? We forget that we are living in a broken and fallen world. Things are NOT the way they should be, Genesis 3 makes that clear.We're living in a world damaged by Sin.
While being a Christian, I no doubt understand the sentiment expressed, but it comes off as blatantly insensitive. While there is enough Biblical text to suggest Children do enter into the presence of God, we'd much rather see them do it later as opposed to such a young age. Christians are not called to celebrate death, death is yet another effect of sin Gen 2:17, we are called to recognize that death is not the end for those in Christ Jesus John 3:16 and therefore death should not scare us as it is an inevitable reality. Despite death being such an inevitable reality, we nonetheless fear it, for ourselves, for our loved ones and so on because LIFE is a gift, and when that gift is forcibly taken it reminds us how dear and precious it can be. So why would God allow such a thing to happen? There are 2 ways to answer that question and I think this video does a good job at answering it:
Todd Friel is a jovial fellow, but joviality aside, for Christians, THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL for us to get out in the mission field and start talking to our friends and loved ones about these things. It's to test our faith and call us to task on whether or not we truly believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose on the 3rd day or are we merely paying lip service.
If any non-believers are reading this, I understand this article is written with no clear direction and may not win you over with a solid argument or provide any comfort...but I just felt the need to write this and express my feelings, as unclear as they are on this matter. provided below are links to Dr. Albert Mohler's website where we has written a much more poignant article with a clearer message. Peace in Christ all.