This post is a revision of a blog I wrote after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Sadly, with so many school shootings occurring over the past several weeks, I feel it bears repeating.
It is my unshakeable belief that we have a Sovereign God who knows all that is going to happen to us, as professed in Psalm 139. However, after yet another school tragedy, I heard the question, “Where was God?” My faith remains unshaken. But as His creation, He instilled in people a free will to choose either good or evil, so we must remain diligent and strong in our faith, because temptations and evil surround us daily.
God created Adam perfectly but Adam chose his own way. Still God loved him. God rescued his Chosen People from slavery, they chose to do evil. Still God loved them. God loved us so much He offered his only Son as a sacrifice for this sinful world. Yet many still choose evil. When tragedy strikes, they shake their fist at God and demand, “How could YOU allow this to happen?”
My friends, WE are allowing this to happen by our silence. Just like the frog in the frying pan who simmers, oblivious to his surroundings until he’s destroyed, we stand by and watch as the world changes.
When I attended grade school, religious education was taught each Tuesday afternoon. But religious studies were soon taken out of school. Then the Bible was banned and the Ten Commandments weren’t allowed to be displayed. Finally God Himself, was thrown out of our schools. A large void remained.
Children searched for new role models. Who did they think would come knocking on the door to fill the gap??? Of course . . . Satan did!
What good can possibly come from this tragedy? If nothing else, I hope parents realize that today is the day of salvation. It’s never too early to speak to your children about Christ’s eternal life for indeed our days aren’t guaranteed.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
Acceptance of salvation is the only thing that matters in our life span. How many times have you heard of parents believing that their child can make up his own mind in the far-off future, because “I certainly don’t want to force my values on my children. They can choose for themselves after they’ve seen all the possibilities.” May I ask, “If not you, who will?” Do you want Madonna, Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan’s values instilled in your child’s mind??? Their value system is based on Judges 21:25 “. . . and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”
Turn on the television and you’ll see countless graphic, violent crime shows, raunchy sit-coms and celebrity reality shows. Then throw in today’s bloodthirsty movies and video games and it’s a petri dish of deteriorating, insensitive values.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
God is beckoning us back! But we’ve pushed Him out of our schools in the name of “political correctness.” School tragedies should be a wake-up call for our country to change. Sin is the root of our problem and we’re simply placing a band-aid over it.
“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.” (Isaiah 1:16)
We can’t expect God to wink at our sin. His heart grieves as He witnesses our downfall. Start changing from within!