The following is a post written by my very compassionate, thoughtful, and grief-stricken husband, the Reverend. I thank God for intelligent people like Chance who can help me sort out the horror and tragedy while remembering that Christ is still in control and He is coming back someday. What a glorious day that will be!
Explanation and Resolution
That’s what we want, isn’t it? We want to know why this man in Connecticut did what he did, and we want to know how will the disaster be resolved. For me, two places in Scripture begin to help me grasp and come to terms with what happened to those helpless children.
In the opening pages of the Bible we see the introduction of sin into the human realm. The serpent lied to Adam and Eve and promised them god-like status. They believed the lies, fell, and as a consequence, their actions resulted in shame (3:7), fear (3:8), blame (3:12) and death (3:19, 21), not only for them, but also for the rest of humanity.
Then, as quickly as sin came into the world, it ruined the world; the author of Genesis described sin’s effects this way, “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil” (NLT).
That’s terrifying. Sadly, the world in which we live today bears strong resemblance to the world as it was in Genesis 6, at least from the perspective of human nature, depravity and cruelty.
In any tragedy, the shocked onlookers want one question answered: Why?
Why did the gunman do this?
Why did the children die?
In the weeks ahead, the gunman’s thought processes or motives may be brought to light, and that will bring closure on some levels, but I would argue that beyond the man’s motives, we must understand that his actions were rooted in sin.
Why did the gunman do this? Because of sin.
Why did the children die? Because of sin.
There wasn’t an aspect of creation that was not affected by sin, particularly humans; this man did what he did because, like the rest of us, he is fallen.
In the last book of the Bible, the Apostle John was told how God would, one day, make all things right. He heard these words, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Look, I am making everything new! It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (Revelation 21:3-8, NLT).
At the end of time, life will be restored to the state in which God originally intended it. For those who are His people, fear and death will be no more; it will be at that moment that we will be made new and the catastrophes that have shaped us will be gone forever. But for those who have chosen to exist only to bring terror and pain, justice is coming; what they have practiced all along will be given to them in full measure.
Why did the man kill innocent children? Because he is fallen, like the rest of humanity.
How will the disaster be resolved? When Christ returns and takes us home.
Pray for the families of those who lost their precious little ones. Pray for the first-responders as they work to deal with the graphic scenes they encountered. Pray that our world would turn their hearts to the Father and live lives of love and selflessness.