We should consider our Christian response to the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. It is natural that our civic leaders have been doing so, but there are other groups that perhaps should look at how they choose to respond rather than seeking out solutions built upon knee-jerk reactions that will not work.
President Barak Obama dedicated his weekly radio address to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The GOP usually has some sort of rebuttal or commentary address, but they ceded their time to the President this week. Would that all politics in this country be on such a civil level!
The video by ITN is embedded below.
Some are already using the words from yesterday’s and today’s address about taking “meaningful action” to express certain political views. It seems that they have chosen to ignore his phrase “regardless of politics“, which he repeated in today’s address. I would have hoped that at least for now more could have set aside the political squabbles.
Sometimes, the article ideas that come do so at coincidental times. These events underscores the recent postings about putting faith in civil government, politics and political leaders. As long as we look to human beings to solve all of our problems, none of our problems will be solved. Even the small ones will only be temporarily fixed (if at all), as bigger problems will continue to accelerate toward the breaking point. Some may cause us all to go over some imaginary cliff of our own making.
Does this mean Christians should be fearful? What is the practical Christian to do? No, we should not be fearful but rather “sigh and cry” because of great evil (Eze 9:4), but nowhere does it say to be afraid in the Bible. In fact, it is often said that some form of “fear not” occurs 365 times in the Bible, one for each day of the year. Now, I cannot find anyone who has verified that, and I don’t have the time to do it, but it should bring home the point that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2Ti 1:7).
COGWA’s Life, Hope & Truth site today gave a commentary on Ps 37:1-2 called “Do Not Fret Because of Evildoers”. It certainly is a passage, and it is reinforced by a similar passage later on, that speaks to times like these.