The Unthinkable: Connecticut and Repentance

Posted: December 14, 2012 by Dillon in Uncategorized
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Another school shooting took place this morning in Connecticut.  This one took place in an elementary school.  At the time of writing, 27 have been announced dead.  This is an unthinkable tragedy that deserves our attention.

There should be no doubt that we live in a fallen world.  I’m not going to jump on a soapbox and say this is judgement for the government pushing God out of schools.  But this is an example of how far reaching and wholly destructive our sinful nature is.  We don’t know what the shooter’s motivation was, but I’m willing to bet it came from a place of desperation and hopelessness.  And that stems from not knowing Jesus.  Having a relationship with God doesn’t take away all your feelings of despair, but it does give you hope and a reason to keep moving towards the light.  As heart wrenching as it is, some people will be so overcome with hopelessness that they break.  Could this be avoided through Christ?  I can’t say for sure, but I think it would definitely help.

Every time a tragedy happens, the gut response is something along the lines of “my prayers go out to those affected.”  This has become such a feel good statement that even secular groups say it.  But prayer should be never taken lightly!  There are dozens of children and families still mixed up in this horrible catastrophe.  I sincerely pray that each of them will find comfort and strength in God.  We don’t know why this happened, and we may never know.  But we know how to respond.  These families need our prayer and support.  But even more than that, the shooter needs our prayers.  “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44).  Don’t misunderstand me, this gunman should absolutely be punished for his crimes.  But this man most likely doesn’t know Jesus.  We must pray that this man can see the error of his ways and come to repentance.*

“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners,”  (Mark 2:17).

For updates on this tragedy, click here

*At the time of writing, was not found dead and it was believed a second shooter was involved.  However, this does not change the message I was trying to convey.

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Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    I think this post is horribly ignorant. You don't know the psychopath who committed the tragic acts that occurred yesterday. For all you know, he could have been the most devout Christian in his community. He could have worshiped God and Jesus every second of his life. That may not be likely, but it's possible. Saying that this happened because he did not know Jesus is like saying Hurricane Katrina happened because God was punishing America for allowing people to be gay. Religion can help comfort those who this tragedy affected, but it could not have prevented it from happening.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the other comment. I also think its a big ignorant to say that the man didn't know God. How could we possibly ever know the personal relationship that he may or may not have had with God. People that believe in God do terrible things as well.

  3. Dear Anonymous #1You are correct that I don't know the person who committed the crimes, nor will I ever. However, based on his actions, it would be reasonable to say he was not a devout Christian. A true Christian is born again (John 3:3, 7) and is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means the Christian is no longer slave to sin and instead is in the process of sanctification. How do we know if someone is in the process of being sanctified? We can tell by the fruits he/she bears. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23. You are also using a false comparison. Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster. A school shooting is a premeditated action taken by a human being with free will. To compare them is a categorical error. You are also making the mistake of saying knowing Jesus is the same as a country following God's law; it's not. Dear Anonymous #2You are correct, no one can ever know with 100% certainty if that man had a relationship with God. However, I never made claim to know with 100% certainty. And yes, people who believe in God do terrible things all the time. But it's important to understand that simple belief in God is not enough because, frankly, even demons believe in God (James 2:19). But I don't see that belief in God affecting how a demon acts.

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