Since the network media have piled ‘up words w/o knowledge,’ like the ‘miserable comforters’ of Job from the Bible, I decided to seek for some truths out of the only source of wisdom, God’s Word in reference to the massacre of 20 children in Newtown, CT. I realize, all too well, that it could be a school near me that is targeted next, and it could be my granddaughter’s school.
One of my first thoughts was that God told us ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways are not yours. My ways are higher than yours. Yet, we think that we know more than Him.
Secondly, when satan and one-third of his angels (demons) rebelled against God, they were cast down to this earth to ‘go to and from seeking whom they may devour.’ Adam Lanza was a welcoming dwelling place; he’s the killer of the Sandyhook students. But, he isn’t the only one who allows the devil to abide in them.
Thirdly, God said, ‘you have cast my laws behind you back.’ We only want Him at christenings, baptisms, weddings, funerals and disasters. And, He allows us that freedom. We continue to ‘play church’ if we ‘play’ at all. Our mouths acknowledge Him, but our hearts are where? ‘Far from Me,’ He said. He lets us have our way, but Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’
Last of all, and there are many more scriptures that apply to horrific crimes like Newtown. We give God, maybe two hours a week and a day of prayer in May. In II Chronicles 7:14, the National Day of Prayer verse, it says ‘If my people who are called by my name’ (are we?), ‘would humble themselves’ (can you see that happening?), ‘and pray,’ and ‘seek my face’ (we have turned our backs on Him, and vice versa), ‘and turn from their wicked ways’ (I’d love to see that!), ‘then, would I hear from heaven, forgive their sins (we don’t even know the definition of ‘sin’), and heal their land.’ This land is soaked w/ the blood of over 50 million fetuses and ready to vomit us up. His creation is groaning to be delivered from the mess we’ve made since The Garden. If you think these words are harsh, you need to read what God has done and will do if we do not repent and follow Him. He is loving, merciful, full of grace, but He is a God that eventually requires justice for wrongdoing.
Sharon L. Hill