The tragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting will give Christmas a different feel this year not just in the United States but in many parts of the world. How could God allow something like this to happen at a time like this? And little children at that?
Its amazing how we always look to God whenever tragedy hits. And yet rarely do so when things are ok. We dismiss His presence from our day to day lives like He was someone unimportant. But when life throws us an unexpected curve ball we accuse God of not watching our back side.
By all accounts after the shooting churches at Newtown, Connecticut were unexpectedly full. God was not just back in people’s conversations, prayers were being made to Him. No less than President Obama was quoting the Bible in his first speech after the incident. Why do we wait for tragedy to strike before we acknowledge our need for God?
Mike Huckabee points out that after the incident someone might propose yet another law to solve the growing menace of young people killing young people in America. He says, “I might want to point out that we don’t have to pass a new law, there’s one that’s been around a while that works if we teach it and observe it, ‘Thou shall not kill’. And there are about nine others, but to tell you about it will require bringing God back and we know how unacceptable that might be.”
On November 25 (less than a month ago) actor Jamie Fox declared on National television at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, “First of all let’s give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barrack Obama.” To that the audience could be heard cheering in agreement. Nothing could be further from the truth. But such is the level of the arrogance of men when they idolize themselves.
People have mistakenly believed they don’t need God and that they have achieved a level of illumination that through science, technology and information they no longer need the rule, guidance and help of God. The fact remains that God is the Sovereign Authority over our lives. And His Word works if we are humble enough to acknowledge Him and obey His commands. More importantly His Spirit guides us into all truth and empowers us to live godly and holy lives.
So where was God? Watch Huckabee’s video below on his take of where God was.
Without God in our lives we can expect more of the same thing. That’s because sin is a reality in all our hearts. And there is no antidote for sin apart from Jesus Christ. This is as good as any moment for me to search my own heart. I hope you do too. And as you do lift up a prayer for the families of the victims and for the nation of the United States, this is grievous.
Here’s Huckabee’s video: