Sandy Hook Tragedy

“Horrified” is the first word that comes to mind. The parents, friends, and family of those children and school personnel are to be remembered in prayer for the rest of our lives. Today will be a day that is not soon forgotten. The cries of hurting mothers, fathers, siblings, and dear friends will haunt our nation for decades to come. Every day of their lives they will wonder what happened, why, and how it could have possibly happened to them. 

The sick depravity of a mind that would do something like this is beyond me. Romans 1:28-31 describes a society where the lack of Godly moral standards leads downward to a path of unmentionable sin and horrific tragedy. Such is the society in which we live. A “depraved mind” is what Paul calls it. Look up “depraved” in a thesaurus and you will see this:

“corrupt, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, immoral, unprincipled; debauched, dissolute, licentious, lecherous, prurient, indecent, sordid; wicked, sinful, vile, iniquitous, nefarious; warped, twisted, sick.”

All of these words describe the mind of a man who would walk into an elementary school and open fire on young children. Somehow, he had justified this action in his own warped mind. And now, somehow, we have to make sense of it in ours. The human condition is dire. Lost in sin and hopeless without God.

In our desperate condition and horrified bewilderment, let us remember that God is our Rock. The Most High God is our Redeemer. (Ps. 78:35).


Psalm 46 is our meditation and prayer:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
(Psalm 46:1-5 ESV)

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
(Psalm 46:10-11 ESV)


Grace, grace, and more grace… 

Peace, peace, and more peace,


  One thought on “Sandy Hook Tragedy

  1. December 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Great post and I totally agree. I think many people use tragedies like this to say, “where is God?” He’s here. I use these events as a proof text for the reality of evil and sin. It’s so horrible. My heart hurts for these families. I must trust that God can use this for His good. My prayers are with these families and this community. Thanks for sharing your thoughts so eloquently.

    • December 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Thanks for the reply Paul. Events like this can test our faith… God is not dethroned. He is an ever present help in time of need. What man seeks to ruin, our God restores. What human depravity severs, Jesus saves. Where we are our worst, He is ever worthy. May He (somehow- although we may never understand) receive glory. And may this (somehow- although we may never comprehend) work together for our good.

  2. Mark
    December 14, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Well said, Brother. As a life long teacher & school administrator, this really hits close to home.

    • December 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Mark, we will have to keep you and all of our educators nationwide in our prayers as well. Something like this effects the great family of educators across our nation. Have been praying for you guys through this too. And will continue.

  3. December 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Unfortunately, as with all tragedies, this will become a politcal platform to manipulate and control other people. In this case, gun control will be pushed heavily. In fact, this tragedy has nothing to do with gun laws; murder has been present since Cain and Abel even though gun powder was not discovered for several millenia. The root cause here is not guns but as you state, human depravity.

    The elephant and donkey both address spiritual problems with political methods. Consider the stance on taxation. The elephant stance is that the poor need to be providing for themselves (as there are some who take advantage of a generous system). The donkey stance is that the wealthy need to share the wealth (as some are greed mongers). In reality, both political animals are addressing human greed which is a symptom of the much deeper spiritual problem. The opposite parties are both taking the same wrong approach to the spiritual problem.

    This spiritual PROBLEM IS THAT we live in a SOCIETY that DOES NOT VALUE the LIFE of human beings. We constantly live in the me-dimension (see 2 of my blogs “Acting Soliloquists” and “Single-Dimensional, One-Dimensional Living”).

    In reality, Christians need to spend less time and money in the attempt to legislate morality and more time and money on the advancement of God’s Kingdom (the spiritual realm). Until (by redemption of God) our society comes to understand that every person has infinite value solely because the Creator esteemed him or her worthy of His ultimate sacrifice, we will continue to suffer the effects of our sinfulness.

    • December 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Joe… I agree, of course. MikeHuckabee put this very well today while entertaining the question of why God would allow this to happen. In the interview he said:

      “We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability. That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.”

      There is no fear of God because we are doing everything in our power to stop our children from believing in Him.

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