December 15, 2012 6 Comments
It’s been a day since the horrific elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut which left 27 dead including 20 children. We still don’t know the victims names, especially the children. From the accounts given of the murder scene, it’s quite grisly and because children tend not to carry identification their parents will likely have to identify the bodies. Since the school is the site of a murder investigation, forensic units haven’t yet moved bodies. As such it’s going to take some time before names officially trickle out. No doubt, the parents of the deceased already know. They now get to look forward to the horrific task of identifying the body of their son or daughter.
Watching coverage of this event last night one would have seen the word evil tossed about. It isn’t often that the media uses the term evil, though it absolutely fits yesterday’s crime. This is perhaps the problem though, the media and society reserves the term evil for only the most horrifying events. Good and evil don’t exist in the Newtown schools, unless a gunman comes in and knocks off 20 kids. As society has further separated itself from our Godly, Christian past, we’ve lost a sense of what good and evil truly are. When something like a mass shooting happens, we act shocked and we try to spin in our minds how this could happen. In a nation that embraces evil and rejects good why should anyone be surprised when a particularly evil man on the fringe of society takes evil to one of its logical conclusions?
It was fascinating watching President Obama’s reaction to the shooting. As he cried crocodile tears for the kids who were murdered, as he waxed poetic about how they had their whole future ahead of them one couldn’t help but think of the 1 million babies aborted every year. President Obama supports their abortion even though in the womb those children have their whole future ahead of them. Obama’s statement was completely disingenuous in that light. But it’s a typical reaction of someone who has embraced evil over good. We’re horrified at what happened in Newtown, CT but we as a nation refuse to put what happened in the proper context. Like Obama, the nation will bury its collective head in the sand with regard to good and evil.
We are living in a post-Christian America, a nation where morality is relative and evil is only reflected in the most horrifying of events. We aren’t yet at the level of the people in the French Revolution, Third Reich or name your Communist nation. We still have a significant number of people who have not fully rejected the Christian faith or Christian morality. As such God has not completely removed his hand of protection. But we aren’t far from that point. As we continue to remove God from culture, we can expect evil to flourish. As we continue to cheapen life, we can expect that criminals will disregard life even more. Just look at “handgun free” Chicago where murders are up 48% just this year. They’re pushing 500 just in Chicago. We can look at countless cities, most of which are the most anti-Christian or agnostic in the country. All of them have sickeningly high murder rates.
We removed God from the government school classroom 50 years ago. Arguably he was never really there, government schools were the creation and play thing of the progressive movement. Yesterday we saw the fruits of God’s removal from schools and from society. It was most certainly seen in the outrageous murder scene inside that school. But it was also seen by the reaction of the media and millions in our country. There is a disconnect between our nation and morality, there is a fundamental lack of understanding of good and evil. If our nation continues down this road, evil like what we saw will only increase and our understanding will only become more muddled. We can only hope and pray that God will use this act of evil in Connecticut to call many unto Jesus Christ. Only through Christ can we truly understand what took place and how our nation can avoid these events in the future.