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Looking For Answers For Newtown

I wrote a piece about how I felt about the Newtown shootings the other day, but it was too early.  While I totally agree with what I said, I know that I came across sounding like I was speaking for God and for Christ in that first workup.  That is the last thing I want to do in light of this horrible tragedy.

There is a  lot of finger-pointing going on.  There are tons of questions being asked.  Why?  Who is to blame?  What is to blame?  I think what we have all tried to do is look in one direction when the answer lies somewhere else.

We need to look at ourselves.  Individually.

Tragedy hasn’t just begun.  It didn’t begin with Virginia Tech or Columbine.  Tragedy has been with us from the beginning.  When we look in the Bible, we can go back to that first senseless murder.  Cain was to blame.  The question that we don’t know the answer to is what did Adam and Eve think?  Did they look back to that short episode in the Garden where they turned their back on what God had told them to do and what not to do?  Did they look to their sin as being the problem?  Did they go before God and repent again of that terrible day?

Job’s children were killed by a wind that blew their dwelling down.  Did Job get a glimpse that this was more than physical death for his children, but a spiritual attack on him?  We know what his response was: The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.  He had already prayed for them in case they had sinned in some way that would bring mortal death.  We don’t know.  Perhaps they had.  Perhaps the only reason God was having mercy on them was because of their father.  That much is not disclosed.  We know that God took His hand of protection away from them.  Satan sent a wind and they died.  Job did not blame God, nor did he sin.

Later on, worshipers were slain trying to sacrifice and their blood was mingled with the sacrifices to God.  A tower fell on some others who died tragically.  Jesus was asked about these.  He told those questioning Him that they needed to repent so that they would not perish.

Here’s what I am saying, if you haven’t guessed.

We need to look at ourselves.  We need to see where our relationship with the Lord is.  If we try to look deep into why this tragedy happened, we will never be satisfied.  Nothing here on earth will ever help us.  What we must do is go before the Lord.  Confess our sins and failures.  Repent.  Move forward proclaiming the need of Christ in others lives.

Gun control isn’t the answer.  Arming every citizen isn’t the answer.  The only answer is the heart-change that comes from Christ.

Where have you looked for answers to the Newtown tragedy?

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  1. December 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

    You know my thoughts on this Larry. I totally agree with you.

  2. December 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Well said, Deuce. We are in desperate need of Jesus, and looking for answers anywhere else isn’t going to get us far.

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