In Mourning

Published December 14, 2012 by sojournerdoug

God In SchoolsEveryone is reacting differently to today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Anger, sadness, grief, outrage… of course all these emotions are going to surface whether we knew the victims personally, or whether we were far away. I’ve talked to Kat, and she still isn’t sure whether any of the victims are connected to their church. I think they’re about 45 minutes away… it’s likely that someone in their church knows someone from Newtown.

In the midst of outrage, some people are sticking feet into mouths and swallowing whole. We should not respond to violence with violence. We should not take this as a cue to debate controversial laws. We shouldn’t point fingers and look for someone to blame; the gunman is dead.

One popular meme I’ve seen really makes me angry. It says “Dear God, why do you allow so much violence in our schools?” and has God answering “Because I’m not allowed in schools.”

No.

First of all, this implies that God “allows” violence. It is an atheist misconception that Christians believe God controls everything. No. God didn’t “take” your grandmother from you when she died. He didn’t “allow” war and tragedy and disaster to happen. You’re confusing God with a fiction writer. Writers do things to their characters in order to create a story that people will want to read, and people love reading about train wrecks.

Secondly, it implies that God is off in a corner petulantly saying “since you won’t allow me in the school, I’ll let horrible things happen there.” Some versions imply God is a gentleman who doesn’t go where he’s not invited.

NO! Good frickin’ grief people! Again, you’re assigning human attributes to God. To GOD. God is not human, God is great and vast and surpasses all human understanding. God is all knowing and infinitely loving.

God did not turn his back on a horrid, devastating event simply because it happened in a school. If you want to debate prayer in schools or gun laws or the importance of mental health care, do it somewhere else. This is a time for people to come together in love to comfort each other.

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