It is devastating to lose one you love. It is more devastating to lose a child to death. It is tragic and horrific to lose children taken from you by a deranged man who has acted like the enemy:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy… “ (John 10:10a)
I am trying to put myself in the shoes of the parents, grandparents, family and friends of the 18 children and 9 adults that were killed without any provocation or guilt on their part. They were trying to teach about life, learn about life and live life. They were innocent to this shooter.
Why did it happen? I’ve heard the question asked many times. The same question was asked in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and now Newton, Connecticut. Why did it happen?
There is a human reason for each incident. There is a circumstantial contributing factor for each tragedy. But there is one cause and it is the war of sin in the flesh. We as a nation are pushing God out of our nation.
We pushed prayer out of our schools in 1962, fifty years ago. We don’t allow God’s Word in schools. We are pushing the Ten Commandments out of the public arena. We are seeing the tragedy of what happens when God is less a part of a nation.
The solution is not gun control, but God-control. If people would humble themselves before God, repent of their sins, and fervently turn back to God, pursuing all that God calls us to do, righteousness would reign again. That includes doing what we are supposed to do, not just “not doing what we are not supposed to do.” We Christians have stopped doing many sins, but we must also disciple others to build the kingdom of Jesus Christ and show His love toward others.
This is a time for mourning. Mourning for the loss of innocent lives, grieving families and troubled people who will look to man for solutions rather than Jesus Christ. Decisions may be made on the human level to prevent this in the future, but unless the Lord is included in the answer, no decision will provide what we need.
Jesus said it best, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)