HOW COULD A LOVING GOD PERMIT THE MASSACRE IN CONNECTICUT?
I’ve heard this legitimate question from several folks after the killing of 20 innocent children and 6 staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 14. I believe the answer has permeated our society in recent decades. While the task of identifying the cause is uncomfortable for all Americans, we must discuss it if we desire to implement corrective actions to prevent recurrences.
God has not departed from us. We have rejected Him, and His influence. Is God obligated to protect and promote a nation which doesn’t want Him?
In June of 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that required bible reading and recitation were unconstitutional in public schools. The resulting vacuum has been filled with something vile.
Many folks want the words “one nation under God” removed from our national anthem.
Many others demand that the phrase “In God we trust” be removed from our coins.
An increasing number of employers forbid employees to state “Merry Christmas”, deferring to “Happy Holidays” instead. Can’t offend anyone, you know.
Scriptures state that God hates the shedding of innocent blood. The blood of over 50 million legally aborted babies carries more weight with God than the Supreme Court’s Roe decision. Americans criticize Germans for not fighting Hitler’s extermination policies, while sitting on our hands as we abort human fetuses, the same fetuses which should be working now and paying into our Social Security system. We’ve allowed “Choice” to place a noose around our economic necks.
Although numerous Old and New Testament scriptures specifically prohibit homosexuality, America not only endorses the practice, but promotes it. As Ruth Graham once said “If God does not bring judgment on America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah”.
Americans have been liberated from the abhorrent sight of the Ten Commandments on the courthouse lawn, while enjoying unbridled pornography which permeates our society with few restrictions. We seem to be threatened with a citizenry which does not kill, steal, lie, etc. There is no segment of our society which would benefit more from compliance with the Ten Commandments than our government, but we require a separation. For which we’re now paying the price. A nation in which citizens do not lie, commit adultery, steal, or kill would be a secure, blessed nation; yet America rejects the Ten Commandments as unconstitutional.
For the last twenty years or so, historians have described America as a “Post Christian Nation”. They are right. We’ve adopted Sinatra’s song “I Did It My Way” as our national anthem, while repudiating any connection with Gods way.
9/11 should have been a wakeup call, as well as the economic downturn seven years later. Catastrophes are not unique to America, as Japan’s tsunami bears proof. Ungodliness is global. Drought now officially covers over 50% of America, leading to widespread wildfires. 2012 was the hottest and driest year since we commenced keeping records.
And yet, Scriptures state “Blessed is the nation whose god is the Lord”. America no longer qualifies, although we still expect God to protect and promote our current lifestyle.
Figuratively speaking, America has given the middle finger to God, not wanting Him in our schools or government. We perceive we no longer require His benevolence. While rejecting godly principles, we’ve opened our nation to devilish deceptions under the guise of liberty, art and freedom.
Citizens who attempt to comply with the Ten Commandments are classified as intolerant. Meanwhile, we are told we don’t have to tolerate folks who adhere to scriptural principles.
Subsequent to the prophet Jonah’s instructing the ungodly city of Nineveh to repent, Nineveh did repent, and survived an additional 100 years before turning ungodly again and was destroyed. Is it possible that America will have but one last chance to repent, and survive as a nation?
Previous civilizations likewise got fat, sassy, and rejected God. After all, if we are meeting our own needs, who needs God? We’ve learned nothing from Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Assyria and Rome. We just might join them in the ash heap of once-great civilizations.
The answer is simple: if we adopt godly practices, God will bless us. He is but one prayer away, and quick to forgive. The alternative is to further alienate ourselves from Him, for which Sandy Hook is but one symptom. We don’t want God in our lives, but we blame Him when things like Sandy Hook happen.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”.
We still have time to accept God’s handshake.