Like you, I have been horrified and grieved over the last few days as a result of the massacre of little children and their teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school.
In spite of that horror I managed to somehow manage emotionally until, until the news stations began putting their names on the screen. Just seeing the names was almost too much to bear. Then it was pictures. We saw many of their faces in school pictures and family snapshots.
I live in Alabama. It’s a long way from Connecticut but not any more. Now it seems as though the people of Newton CT. are our next-door neighbors. Neighbors we care deeply about and our hearts are broken for them.
I have seen pictures of some of my neighbors in Newton who had just found out that their child was among the dead. I’m sure that the looks of horror and grief on their faces cannot even begin to tell the pain that they were feeling at that very moment and the pain that they will deal with for the rest of their lives.
Why did this happen? There are no clear-cut answers, but we do have a clue as to why our society as a whole is shattering beneath us.
Former Governor of Arkansas, Presidential candidate, Fox news personality, talk radio host and former Baptist preacher Mick Huckabee said this. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?” The far left has done their typical howling at the very suggestion that an attack on Christianity had something to do with this tragedy.
Huckabee later explained that he in no way was suggesting that if their had been prayer in school that the shooting would not have happened.
The fact that prayer, mention’s of God and any symbol relating to him are being systematically removed for the public life of our country must be noted, noticed and declared.
We’ve heard much over the last few years about the war on Christmas. Most people, even Christians roll their eyes in their head in disbelief that anyone would make such a deal over something so trivial. Is it trivial? Is it??
Visit your favorite department stores in your local mall. Look for even the word Christmas. Visit their websites. I just did. I was surprised to find that the word Christmas was used on most of the sites but in very small insignificant ways.
It’s not trivial that our nation has turned its back on God.
Will we ever return as a nation to our Christian roots? I’m not optimistic. I will tell you this. If every person in the United States who claim to be Christian would stand up and be what they say they are some things would change, for the better.
Continue to pray for these parents who are hurting so badly and for the community that now has to begin the process of moving forward.