I'm sure we are all tired of talking about, and even hearing about, the tragedy that happened in NewTown. It is such a horrific event that it has left most of us stunned and feeling sick. I know it has me. At the risk of adding yet more thoughts to the mix, I feel compelled to speak my mind.
If there was any doubt as to the existence of Satan before this tragedy, certainly now those doubts have been obliterated. The Bible speaks much of our enemy. His entire purpose is to lie, kill, and destroy. He hates mankind because we are made in the image of God. He hates us because God loved us so much He sent His Son to provide a way to be reconciled back to Him. No such opportunity has been give to Satan. He and his angels are doomed to an eternity of horror. He knows this and he knows his time is short.
Yes, this young man who killed those kids had mental problems. But I don't believe that is what caused him to do what he did. I believe Satan and a horde of his demons invaded this poor man's soul and took him over. There is no other explanation for such unabashed evil.
But why did God allow Satan to do this? Surely He could have stopped it? Yes. He could have. But in this country, we have asked God to step away. We have pushed Him out the door of our government, our schools, our homes, even most of our churches and we have shut the door tight. We have told God that we don't need Him anymore. We don't like His commandments. We want to worship our own idols of Money and Beauty and Power and Fame and Success and Sex. We think God is obsolete, old-fashioned and His ways are prudish and restricting. We don't teach our kids His law or right and wrong. We don't teach them that there is good and evil and that they will be held accountable for their actions in this world. We don't tell them that there is another world beyond this one where everything is set right. We don't tell them that they have value and purpose and meaning and are loved beyond measure.
Instead, we tell them they are the product of an accident, of years of evolving from apes. We tell them this world is all there is and there is no such thing as right and wrong. We tell them the goal in life is to make yourself happy and get as much stuff as you can.
And they are empty inside. They have no hope and no reason to go on, because as they grow up they realize life isn't fair and they won't find the happiness they seek. Life without God is meaningless.
How dare we get mad at God when something like this happens? God is a gentleman and He won't come back unless invited. Was He there? Yes.. He was there, weeping and holding the bodies of those precious children. He was there in the courage and selflessness of the teachers and police. But He was told to keep His hands off. So He did.
This isn't a problem of gun control or mental-illness or government or police. This is a problem of the soul. A soul without God opens itself up to be filled with evil. Pure evil. Our culture is in deep trouble. If we continue to push God away, I fear we will see many more of these tragic incidents as Satan begins to invade the souls and spirits of our people. But we are getting exactly what we asked for. A country without God. As our current president said, America is not a Christian nation. For once, I agree with him.