Saturday, December 15, 2012

WHERE WAS GOD IN THIS TRAGIC SHOOTING?

I appreciate the comments of former Arkansas Governor (and Christian minister), Mike Huckabee, on Neil Cavuto's (Fox News) TV show, on the day of the sickening shooting of innocent school children in Newtown, Connecticut. Here is a portion of their conversation:



NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): I'm going to try to have the preacher in you, the man of God in you, who could help us with this [to] help us with this.

From "Your World, With Neil Cavuto" (FoxNews)
FORMER ARK. GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Well... there is no human rationale or explanation.... The biggest, maybe, aftermath of something like this is that people are going to look for, okay, "Why did it happen?" Well, the answer is inexplicable. And, "What do we do to stop it?" ...When somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they’re going to find a way to do it.... People will want to pass new laws, but unless you change people’s hearts (there our transition... to the pastor side) – this is a heart issue.... Laws don’t change this kind of thing.

CAVUTO: You know, invariably people ask, after tragedies like this, "How could God let this happen?"

HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it's an interesting thing, we ask why there's violence in our schools but we've 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 do not 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. And so sometimes when people say, "Why did God let it happen?" -- you know, God wasn't armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot of people with hugs and with therapy and a whole lot of ways in which I think he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end and we would not have to call him to show up when it's all said and done at the back end.



A day after the shooting, Mike Huckabee said on his own show (on Fox News), "Well maybe it's simply the attempt to express our collective shock when we say, 'We're trying to make sense of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.' But we're not gonna make sense, not from that which is totally disconnected from the cognitive capacity of any rational human being. The Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, got it right when he said, 'Evil has visited this community.'"



Days earlier there was a shooting at the Clackamas Mall food court in Portland, Oregon. Our daughter, Sarah, and a friend were just downstairs from there, about to go up to the food court when they stopped for tea and heard the shots. They immediately hid, and stayed hidden for about 15 minutes before they were escorted out. Three died that day (including the gunman), and at least one teenage girl was taken to a trauma unit. We pray for those who have suffered such nightmarish loss (including the shooter's family). And we give thanks to God for our law enforcement and medics. Thank you God so much for the safety of our Sarah and her friend!

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