Connecticut Tragedy: How do we respond?

December 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

How has life moved forward so easily for us?

As I sit here at the mall in town, my thoughts keep going back to these six and seven year old boys and girls that lost their lives just less than a week ago.

What did they say to their parents throughout the last day of their short lived lives? What did they think about? Dream about? Write about? Draw about? Speak about? Where did their curious little minds take them and where would they have gone with all that potential?

Here I am – grateful for, but feeling guilty because of the opportunity I have to kiss, hug, wrestle, and tickle my kids while parents are living a nightmare just several states away. But even then, how much longer do I have to do this? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was jumping into my dad’s lap while he was unassumingly reading his daily newspaper?

And then I think, “What should my response be when others have questions about what happened?

They ask, “Where was God when this happened? How could God let this happen? Why do bad things happen to good people?” Prematurely, Christians typically shoot from the hip where they keep their sword of the Spirit ready to provide a quick response but rarely offering an apt word in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11). In a world where we have a verse for everything, we find many scriptures poorly applied and taken out of context.

So what do we say to the curious minds who are truly searching for God or to those who would use this as an excuse to not believe in Him? Are you prepared to answer their valid questions? Will you raise the risk in preparation to give an account for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15)?

Post your answers here or visit our Facebook page and begin the discussion. Be sure to check back in the comings days to see what God has revealed.

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§ 2 Responses to Connecticut Tragedy: How do we respond?

  • Theo Benetis says:

    The fact that a reprobate, evil monster perpetrated such an heinous deed shouldn’t surprise people who hold to a Christian worldview; in fact, based on the Biblical view of man’s inate sinfulness & depravity, only the Christian can adequately account for the existence of such a wicked individual (for wickedness itself, in fact). Just as the Christian offers the only credible explanation for the existence of evil, he also offers the greatest reason for hope for those poor parents who lost their little ones. Based on Jesus’s own words in Matthew 18 & 19, these parents can rest in the hope that their child is safe in the arms of God, and if they receive the gift of Christ’s pardon, they may look forward to a future reunion with their little one. “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven…So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish… Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” ” (Matthew 18:2-4; 10, 14 and 19:13-14).

  • Tom says:

    Sometimes we as Christians feel like we are helping the situation by getting “involved” and all we are truly doing is complicating the issue. Here is where the prayer warriors can really make an impact and pray to the God who knows and is in control of everything. Without His guidance and wisdom, nothing I do will be impactful for the kingdom.

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